About Austin

Me at the Piano 2

Born 1959 in Marsden, West Yorkshire.

Grew up playing cornet with Marsden Silver Prize Band and played trumpet professionally in Manchester while studying as a postgraduate at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Studied piano from an early age and gained success playing piano in the Hayden Wood and Mrs Sunderland music competitions. Although achieving diplomas in trumpet performance from the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music his love of piano has sustained his career in teaching.

Studied music, trumpet and piano at the University of Sheffield and trumpet (with Howard Snell) at the Royal Northern College of Music. Studied music education at the University of London Institute of Education. Master's thesis (University of Sheffield): 'Anthologies of trumpet music, treatises referring to the trumpet, and music for trumpets and voices, between 1580 and 1640' (available on loan from University of Sheffield Library).

Postgraduate scholarships awarded from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund.

30 years’ experience in education teaching children ranging in age from five to 18. Breadth and depth of experience includes 10 years as Deputy Headteacher and degrees in school leadership and management. He is currently Head of Gütersloh Music Centre.

As a professional musician Austin works as a teacher, composer and performer. He loves singing in and directing choirs, performing as an accompanist, organist and chamber musician, and is delighted whenever the opportunity arises to devote more time to his passion for composing.

Austin Boothroyd lives in Germany and is married to the violinist and teacher Sarah Boothroyd. They have two grown up sons.

Kloster Quartet

Kloster Quartet performing in Marienfeld Abbey: Amy Morris, Sarah Boothroyd, Austin Boothroyd and Werner Birkenhaker.

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