Paul Austin, horn

As a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral player, and pedagogue, Paul Austin currently enjoys a multifaceted career. Noted by critics for his "absolutely stunning way of playing the horn" (Holzminden Zeitung) as well as being "tender on the warm French Horn" (The Grand Rapids Press), he also received recognition in that “the audience was charmed, thanks to Austin’s witty narratives” (Kalamazoo Gazette). Concert appearances include recitals throughout the Great Lakes region with bassoonist Wendy Rose and performances in the USA and Europe with organist Gregory Crowell.

Recipient of a Gilmore Emerging Artist grant from the Kalamazoo Arts Council, Paul Austin joined the Grand Rapids Symphony horn section in 1999. He has received critical acclaim on five recordings which have been released by OgreOgress Productions, featuring music by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass, Alan Hovhaness, and Robert Shechtman.

This is Paul’s sixteenth season with the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck. He has also performed during the summer at the Banff, Fontana, and Southern Illinois music festivals, and was pleased to join the faculty of Interlochen’s Adult Chamber Music Camp last summer. 

Dr. Austin has served as horn faculty at colleges in Michigan, Louisiana, and Ohio. He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Tennessee Tech University. Paul actively promotes historical instruments and is the author of A Modern Valve Horn Player's Guide to the Natural Horn.

Along with Wendy Rose and clarinetist Bradley Wong, Paul presents educational concerts to west Michigan elementary school children on behalf of the CMFS. In 2012, Paul Austin was invited to join the CMFS Board and serves as their Education Director.