Anita Austin

Anita Austin

  • Category: Woodwind
  • Instrument: French Horn
  • Teacher Level: Music Teacher

Anita is an Auckland based freelance French Horn performer and brass teacher. In 2019 she graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane with a Masters in Music Studies (French Horn) as well as The Griffith Award for Academic Excellence in both years of study. She previously completed a Bachelor of Music (Hons.) majoring in Classical Performance, French Horn in 2017 at the University of Auckland where she was also awarded an Auckland University Summer Research Scholarship that looked at teaching brass to 5-7 year olds via age-appropriate pedagogies. In 2015 she spent a semester exchange at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

Anita has undertaken professional development through the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Internship (2019), New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Fellowship (2017) and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Internship (2016).  In 2019 she performed Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1 with Devenport Chamber Orchestra and Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 with Wairua Sinfionetta.

Anita has worked as a freelance horn player in both New Zealand and Australia including Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, Hawkes Bay Orchestra, Festival Opera Orchestra and Auckland Chamber Orchestra. She has previously been principal horn of the Auckland Youth Orchestra, NZSO National Youth Orchestra and The University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra. In 2020 she is presenting a series of solo recitals , ‘Horn Vignettes’, with pianist Camila de Oliveira and performing Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 with Northland Sinfonia. She currently teaches horn and trumpet at Epsom Girls Grammar School as well as a private studio and relieving at other secondary schools.