British conductor and pianist Mark Austin makes his Royal Opera conducting debut in the 2018/19 Season conducting two performances of The Monstrous Child. He has previously been assistant conductor for Coraline at the Barbican for The Royal Opera.
Austin was a violinist in the National Youth Orchestra while at school, and later studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, where he was a Junior Fellow. He currently studies conducting with Sian Edwards. His conducting highlights include Le nozze di Figaro for Dartington International Festival, Goyescas for the Grange Festival, Tosca for Musique Cordiale International Festival and a two-concert Brahms residency with Guy Johnston and the Faust Chamber Orchestra at Hatfield House. Austin has conducted orchestras including Britten Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St John’s and the Hangzhou Philharmonic, China, and recorded the world premiere of Alex Woolf’s NHS Symphony for BBC Radio 3. As an assistant conductor, he has worked with musicians including Marin Alsop, Steuart Bedford, Sian Edwards, David Hill, David Parry and Vasily Petrenko, and the late Colin Davis.
As a pianist, Austin has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, St John’s Smith Square, Holywell Music Room, Paris’s Opéra Bastille and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre. He is musical assistant to The Bach Choir, and regularly conducts the Choir in concerts and in the recording studio. He contributed a chapter on Wagner, Beethoven and Faust to the recently published Music in Goethe’s Faust (Boydell & Brewer, 2017).