Justin Friello is a singer, songwriter, composer, performer, writer, and multi-instrumentalist. He has composed over 100 works for soloists, chamber ensembles, and orchestra; released numerous albums both as a solo artist and with his band, Stockade Kids; and written several short and evening-length musicals.
Justin studied classical composition with Suzanne Farrin and Huang Ruo at SUNY Purchase before earning his B.A. in Music Theory from SUNY Albany. He is also a proud member of Actors’ Equity.
As a composer of concert music, he has premiered works all over New York State and has had works commissioned by artists and faculty from New England Conservatory, SUNY Purchase, and the Crane School of Music. Justin’s first full-length musical, an adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winner novel, The Hours, was workshopped in 2012 at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. He is currently a composer in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop in New York City, where he is writing a new original musical with lyricist Cleo Handler. Justin’s experiences as a performer have earned him wide acclaim not only as a singer/songwriter, but also as the lead singer and guitarist for the rock/hip-hop group Stockade Kids.
Justin is always striving to bridge the gap between high art and the popular through his insightful lyrics and unique approach to composition and hopes to raise the level of discourse on popular culture to match that of the fine arts.
He currently lives in Schenectady, NY.