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).
Recipient of a Gilmore Emerging Artist grant, Paul Austin joined the Grand Rapids Symphony horn section in 1999. He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Tennessee Tech University, and was a Resident Artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Paul actively promotes historical instruments and is the author of A Modern Valve Horn Player’s Guide to the Natural Horn. In 2015, he joined the faculty of Interlochen’s Adult Chamber Music Camp. Last summer Paul was named President of ICSOM (International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians), an organization of the top 52 orchestras in the USA.
This marks Paul’s eighteenth season as horn player with the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck. He currently serves as CMFS Board Member and Education Director.