Master of Music – Louisiana State University
Bachelor of Music – Eastman School of Music
Austin Richardson is the Principal Trombonist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, joining the orchestra in 2022. He previously served as Principal Trombone with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra in Texas from 2021-2023. Austin has performed as a substitute musician with the symphony orchestras of Fort Worth, Baton Rouge, Mobile, Meridian, and The Florida Orchestra. Austin has spent previous summers as a fellow at the National Orchestral Institute + Festival, and as a guest musician for the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN. Austin’s performing career has allowed him to share the stage with a variety of artists ranging from Dianne Reeves, Chris Botti and Kenny G to Joyce Yang, Nadine Sierra and Andrea Bocelli.
As a soloist, Austin has been a finalist in the American Trombone Workshop’s National Solo Competition, a semi-finalist in the International Jeju Brass Competition, and a prizewinner in multiple competitions at the International Women’s Brass Conference. Austin has appeared as a featured soloist with the LSU Philharmonia, the LSU Trombone Choir and the UNT Concert Orchestra. Austin presented at the 2023 International Trombone Festival as part of the Performing Artist Showcase, playing Barbara York’s “Bone Dances” sonata for trombone and piano. Dedicated to expanding the instrument’s repertoire, Austin has helped commission new works for trombone from Brad Edwards, James Beckel, Iris Ceulemans and Christopher Sharpe.
Equally passionate about music education and pedagogy, Austin has held private low brass studios in Louisiana and Texas. He previously served as a Teaching Fellow at UNT where he taught the brass methods courses, and was the adjunct Instructor of Low Brass at Tarrant County College in Arlington, TX. As a guest clinician, Austin has given masterclasses at the University of South Alabama, the University of Texas at Arlington, Tarleton State University and Louisiana State University.
Austin received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master’s degree from Louisiana State University. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas. His primary teachers have included Steve Menard, Hana Beloglavec, Larry Zalkind and John Marcellus. Austin resides in Baton Rouge with his wife, Erika, and their two Australian Shepherds Nova and Remy. Austin is proud to be an S.E. Shires Artist and play Shires trombones exclusively.