Austin Larson is one of only two people to ever win First Prizes in both the University and Professional Divisions of the International Horn Competition of America, where he now serves as a distinguished jury member. In 2017, Mr. Larson became the first American to ever win a prize in the International Brass Instruments Competition in Gdansk, Poland and the Jeju International Brass Competition Horn Division in South Korea,
In addition, he has won the International Horn Society Premier Soloist Competition, Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, Wisconsin Public Radio Young Artists Competition, and International Music Competition “Citta di Chieri” in Italy. As a soloist, he has appeared 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.
Mr. Larson was appointed to the Third Horn position in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2017 after three years as Assistant Principal Horn with the Colorado Symphony in Denver. Previously, held positions with Symphony in C, the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra USA. A regular guest with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Austin has also performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and as Principal Horn of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.
A native of Neenah, Wisconsin, Mr. Larson holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music 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.