Austin Graham entered the music world when he was eight years old, playing violin (self-taught!) in elementary 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".
Cello, Violin, Piano
Austin completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at CSU East Bay in Hayward, CA. Starting out as a cello performance major, he soon realized a new passion for composing music, thus prompting him to complete his Bachelor’s degree as a music composition major studying under Frank La Rocca. He then 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 graduating Austin has written music for a variety of events in a variety of mediums, such as student and professional recitals, 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.
Students of Austin's have lesson plans tailored to their abilities in instrument proficiency/technique, learn proper performance etiquette, and the fundamentals of music theory as they advance. He encourages his students to perform duets with him for school concerts, which work in tandem with a chosen method book that students will use in lessons and practice.
As an accomplished composer, Austin also offers one-on-one applied music composition/songwriting lessons. These go further in-depth with understanding music theory, form, history, orchestration, and most importantly finding one's own artistic voice in making music. These learned techniques give students an edge in the performance aspect of music, as knowing them will affect how certain pieces are performed in scholarly and professional mediums.
*Prospective students for applied composition must have a basic competency level in reading music notation to be eligible.