Austin Graham - Cello & Piano

Austin Graham (b. 1992) entered the music world when he was eight years old, playing violin self-taught in elementary school and most of middle school. When he was twelve, he switched from violin to cello after hearing two of his classmates play Antonio Vivaldi’s "Double Cello Concerto in G minor". For the following six years he studied with Allen Gove, and in high school performed two concertos: the one that inspired him to start cello, and Haydn’s Concerto in C, which he was recognized at the CMEA festival of 2010 with an “Excellent” rating. He also conducted his first orchestral piece in his senior year, Morton Gould’s “American Salute". 

Austin did his undergraduate and graduate studies CSU East Bay in Hayward, CA. For his first year at college he started as a cello performance major until he discovered a new passion for writing music instead of performance. So he completed his Bachelor’s degree as a music composition major studying under Frank La Rocca. He studied composition with Jeffrey Miller in his graduate studies, writing a symphony for his master’s thesis, which was performed in March 2016 by a hand-picked orchestra and choir.

Since then he has written music for a variety of events and mediums, such as student and professional recitals and concerts, podcasts and silent films. His aim with his music is to connect with his listeners through telling stories with original as well as preexisting literature, dark undertones, and thematic experimentation. His pieces, “Arkantos, the Darkfather” and “My Asylum” (performed by REDSHIFT Ensemble) received special recognition from the Glenn Glasow Fellowship committee that paid for his studies at CSU East Bay.