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Demian Austin, Principal Trombone

Demian Austin is principal trombonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He is also a member of the MET Chamber Ensemble, which performs regularly at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel halls. He has performed with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and in the Mostly Mozart festival at Lincoln Center. Mr. Austin has played on numerous recordings including the Metropolitan Opera Brass CDs, several movie soundtracks, Dialogues with Double Bass with Jeremy McCoy on Bridge Records, the GM Recordings issue of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Brahms’ First Symphony conducted by Gunther Schuller, and many recordings with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, including Strauss’ Tod und Verklarung. He can also be heard regularly on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Live at the Met Broadcasts, the Saturday Matinee Broadcasts of the Met, and on The Met: Live in HD worldwide movie simulcasts. Mr. Austin is also on the faculty of Juilliard’s precollege division. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1992 from Oberlin College, where he studied with Raymond Premru, and his Masters of Music degree in 1995 from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Per Brevig. Aside from his career in music, Mr. Austin has a keen interest in film and has attended several intensive seminars on screenwriting.


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  Videography: Pete Scalzitti We are so excited to share this conversation with you about the upcoming MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall this Sunday! We will be performing an arrangement from Matthew Aucoin’s new opera “Eurydice” which opens next Tuesday at The Metropolitan Opera. Also on this program, our...
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MET Orchestra / Princeton University Study Indicates Surprising Findings About Air Flow In Trained Opera Singers

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra – the only world-class orchestra in America furloughed with no pay since April 1, 2020 – has been actively pursuing ways to get back to work safely with the help of scientists and engineers from Princeton University and The University of Montpellier (France) / CNRS. While Metropolitan Opera management chose not...
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OperaWire: Q & A: Met Opera Concertmaster Benjamin Bowman On Falling In Love With Music, Performing Opera & Ballet

OperaWire interview with concertmaster Benjamin Bowman about his new job as concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera, his first experiences with the violin, his teachers and more. Here’s a snippet (full feature here): The biggest challenge is that challenges take many forms, and continue to creep their way in, no matter what. It’s more a matter...
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