Austin Larson has compiled a historic competitive record both in the USA and abroad as one of only two people to ever win First Prizes in both the University and Professional Divisions of the International Horn Competition of America, the most prestigious competition for horn players in North America, where he now serves as a distinguished jury member. In 2017, Austin became the first American to ever win a prize in either the International Brass Instruments Competition in Gdansk, Poland or the Jeju International Brass Competition Horn Division in South Korea, finishing with the Second Prize in both, the latter being the highest prize awarded. Austin has previously won the International Horn Society Premier Soloist Competition, Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, Wisconsin Public Radio Young Artists Competition, and International Music Competition “Citta di Chieri” in Italy. Austin has also appeared as a soloist at the Music for All Symposium, International Horn Symposium, Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival, Wisconsin Public Radio, and with orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Austin is currently Acting Assistant Principal Horn of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for the 2019-20 season while on leave from his permanent position as Third Horn in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Austin previously held the Assistant Principal Horn position with the Colorado Symphony in Denver in addition to positions with Symphony in C, the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra USA. A frequent guest with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Austin has also performed as a substitute with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, and New World Symphony and as Guest Principal with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, Iceland Symphony Orchestra in Reykjavik, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, and BBC Philharmonic in Manchester. Austin is also in demand as a clinician throughout the US, having already presented masterclasses and recitals at universities in 8 different states.
A native of Neenah, Wisconsin, Austin holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music and his teachers include Randy Gardner, Jennifer Montone, Julie Landsman, Jeffrey Lang, Duane Dugger, Elizabeth Freimuth, Richard Deane, Douglas Hill, Bruce Atwell, and Donald Krause. A strong believer in music advocacy, Austin has also been involved with numerous charitable organizations and has raised funds for music scholarships both at the University of Cincinnati and in the Northeast Wisconsin area.