Austin Richardson *
Master of Music – Louisiana State University
Bachelor of Music – Eastman School of Music
Austin Richardson is currently the Acting Principal Trombone of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He also serves as the Principal Trombone of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra in the DFW metroplex of Texas.
Austin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, a Master’s degree from Louisiana State University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas. His primary teachers include Steve Menard, Hana Beloglavec, Larry Zalkind, and John Marcellus.
In addition to his current orchestral positions, Austin has also performed with the Baton Rouge, Acadiana, Monroe, Mobile, and Fort Worth symphony orchestras. Austin was previously a fellow at the National Orchestral Institute + Festival, working with music director Marin Alsop and other esteemed conductors.
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 prize winner in multiple competitions at the International Women’s Brass Conference. He has been a soloist with the LSU Philharmonia and the UNT Concert Orchestra as a concerto competition prize winner at each school. Austin has also appeared as a featured soloist with the LSU Trombone Choir and UNT Trombone Consortium.
Equally passionate about music education and pedagogy, Austin has held private studios in both Louisiana and Texas teaching low brass. He previously served as a Teaching Fellow at UNT where he taught the brass methods courses, and was Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass at Tarrant County College in Arlington, TX.
Austin resides in Baton Rouge with his wife, Erika, and their two Australian Shepherds, Nova and Remy. When not playing trombone, Austin is likely at the dog park, debating on running a third marathon, or watching Formula 1 racing.