General and Artistic Director, Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival
Director of Texas Music Festival/Instructor, Baroque violin
Alan Austin is General and Artistic Director of the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, a month-long summer music festival and orchestral training institute held each June at the Moores School of Music. One of the most highly regarded summer programs of its kind in the U.S., the Texas Music Festival includes an orchestra composed of fellowship students from around the world and various component programs for voice, jazz, and flute. In addition, he directs the school’s A. I. Lack Master Series and its annual International Piano Festival. As a violinist, Austin performs regularly as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral player. He has served as concertmaster of Ars Lyrica Houston, J.S. Bach Society Orchestra of Houston, Texas Bach Collegium (San Antonio), and has performed with the Texas Baroque Ensemble, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Denver, Dallas Bach Society, Mercury Baroque, Early Music Southwest, La follia (Austin), Texas Early Music Project (Austin), and Aquinas, the resident early music ensemble at the University of St. Thomas. He has been a featured guest performer at Early Music Weekend at Roundtop and the Amherst Early Music Festival, as well as on many recital series throughout the Southwest. He performs regularly on Austin’s St. Cecilia Music Series, including the annual Baroque Festival, held each November since 2002. He has performed with such Baroque luminaries as violinists Simon Standage and Manfredo Kramer, cellists Phoebe Carrai and Jonathan Manson, oboist Geoffrey Burgess, singers Julianne Baird and Ryland Angel, and conductor Nicolas McGegan. He has recorded for the Dorian, Zephyr, Gothic, Sono Luminos, and MSR Classics labels.