Austin Wahl is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota. While still a student, he has been in demand for performance across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, having played recitals for the Great Lakes Guitar Society (NY), Minnesota Guitar Society, Guitar Hamilton (ON), and Festival Internacional de Guitarra en Lagos (JAL), among others.
He has won first prizes in the Southern Guitar Competition, Lone Star Guitar Competition, Hamilton International Guitar Competition, Great Lakes Guitar Society Competition, Schubert Club Competition, and Thursday Musical Competition. He has also been a finalist in the Montreal Competition (2nd), University of Louisville Competition (2nd), Southern Guitar Competition, (2nd), and the Indiana University Competition (3rd). He has performed in masterclasses for Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin, Eliot Fisk, Lorenzo Micheli, Matteo Mela, Roland Dyens, and Raphaella Smits, among others.
He began study of the classical guitar at age five with Alan Johnston, a founding member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet. Subsequently, he earned bachelor and master degrees as well as a performer’s certificate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he is currently a doctoral student of Dr. Nicholas Goluses.
In addition to his classical playing, Wahl enjoys numerous other styles of music. He won the 2009 youth division of the Minnesota State Fair Bluegrass Flatpicking competition, and has performed in a bluegrass band masterclass for internationally known banjoist Bela Fleck. At age 14 he also built a fully functional electric guitar (dubbed the “Wahl-o-Caster”) with a body of solid purpleheart, weighing in at nearly fifteen pounds.
Since the fall 2017 season, Wahl has led the bass section of the Mount Hope World Singers in Rochester, NY.
Beyond music, Wahl enjoys travel and photography, having visited 44 US states, nine countries, and sixteen American national parks.