Austin was a late bloomer in the music world, first picking up the violin at age eight and reluctantly playing for three years, self-taught. He started to learn cello at 13 under instruction of Alan Gove, enthusiastically learning the instrument and has been playing it ever since. In cello performance he earned special recognition at Canyon Middle School in 2006 for his rapid proficiency at the instrument, an “Excellent” rating at the CMEA Music Festival in 2009 performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C, and “Most Outstanding Musician” at Castro Valley HIgh School in 2010 for cello performance and conducting.
Switching from cello performance major to composition in his sophomore year at East Bay, he was placed under instruction of Frank La Rocca. Since then, Austin has been making music with hope of one day becoming a video game and film/media scorer. He has written various works and arrangements for solo instruments and chamber groups, as well as large ensembles involving choir, full strings, brass and woodwinds, and rock band. He draws inspiration from composers such as, but not limited to, Beethoven, Josquin, Vaughan Williams, John Williams and Mahler.
his own Symphony!
"Fantasia II. The World's Forging"
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