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The 2012 Irving M. Klein International String Competition

Semifinalists - Biography

Austin Huntington

Austin Huntington

Cellist Austin Huntington, 17, made his solo orchestral debut at age 10 and is the recipient of numerous grand and first-prize awards on both national and international levels. He has performed as guest soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Chicago Northwest Symphony Orchestra, LaPorte Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Huntington won the Gold Medal in the 2011 Stulberg International String Competition. He was named national first prizewinner of the 2009 Music Teachers National Association solo string performance competition in Atlanta. On invitation from the IBLA Foundation of New York, Huntington performed a series of concerts in Italy and was named Most Distinguished Artist. As a result, he performed on the IBLA Grand Prize Winner’s USA Tour, ending with his New York debut at Carnegie Hall.

Huntington has appeared on National Public Radio’s From the Top and will be the featured soloist on Chicago’s WFMT Radio Introductions for an hour of performance and interview this season. He has been invited to perform master classes for Truls Mork, Gary Hoffman, Steven Doane, Robert Nagy, Lynn Harrell, Joel Krosnick, Ron Leonard, Paul Katz, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Richard Aaron, Anthony Elliot, Colin Carr, Steven Geber, Susan Moses-Bloom and Carter Enyeart. He has collaborated with highly esteemed concert artists such as Riccardo Muti, Misha Amory, James Dunham and Itzhak Perlman.

Huntington is principal cellist of the award-winning Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and Encore, the orchestra’s premier performing ensemble. He studies privately with Richard Hirschl in Chicago. Huntington is a senior at Saint Joseph’s High School in South Bend, Ind. He will attend the Colburn School Conservatory of Music this fall on full scholarship.