Austin Larson joined the Baltimore Symphony as Third Horn in September 2017 after holding the Assistant Principal Horn position with the Colorado Symphony in Denver for three years. Austin previously held positions with Symphony in C, the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, and Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra and has also performed as a guest with many other ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, and New World Symphony.
Austin has compiled a historic competitive record both in the USA and abroad, holding the rare distinction of being 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 for future competitions. 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, and Wisconsin Public Radio Young Artists Competition. 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.
A native of Neenah, Wisconsin, Austin holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) 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. For more information, visit www.austin-larson.com.