Paul Austin, horn
For nearly twenty years, Paul Austin has performed at Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck. 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 1995 Gilmore Emerging Artist grant, Paul Austin just completed his twentieth season as a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony horn section. 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 in 1994.
Paul actively promotes historical instruments and is the author of A Modern Valve Horn Player’s Guide to the Natural Horn. He joined the faculty of Interlochen’s Adult Chamber Music Camp in 2015 and currently serves as Wind Area Coordinator. In 2017, Paul was named President of ICSOM (International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians), an organization of the top 52 orchestras in the USA.