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. In 2017, Austin became the first American to ever place at the International Brass Instruments Competition in Gdansk, Poland, finishing with the Second Prize. Austin has also won the International Horn Society Premier Soloist Competition, Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, Wisconsin Public Radio Young Artists Competition, and was a finalist in the Jeju International Brass Competition in South Korea. 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.

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