B i o g r a p h y
Austin Birdy grew up in San Antonio, Texas and began studying music at the age of 6. His musical upbringing came primarily through the marching arts, eventually touring nationally with The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in their 2011 and 2012 seasons before moving to Boston, MA to further his studies. Austin was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from The Boston Conservatory in 2017, and was an active freelancer in Boston's theatre and live music scenes before moving to the New York City area in 2020.
He's performed hundreds of shows in the Northeast with various bands and ensembles, from bar gigs and corporate events to major productions at the Tony award winning Huntington Theatre Company. Performing with artists like Dawn Cantwell from Wicked and Sting's The Last Ship, jazz-trombonist Bob McChesney (Ray Charles. Michael Jackson, Arturo Sandoval), Jason Treuting of Sō Percussion, and on shows with acts like Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary tour, and True Widow (Dallas, TX) while playing briefly for Elizabeth Colour Wheel. Additionally, Austin has travelled around the US on 5 tours with independent bands performing in basements and bars, up to small theatres and festivals like South by Southwest in Austin, TX. Austin has worked under world renowned directors and production designers like Michael Greif (Rent, Dear Evan Hansen), and Michael McElroy (Rent, Next to Normal, The Who's Tommy) while in the cast of the IRNE award-winning production Man in The Ring by Michael Cristofer (The Shadow Box, Mr. Robot USA Network).
Austin has studied extensively with musicians like Nancy Zeltsman, Doug Perkins, Keith Aleo, Samuel Solomon, Kyle Brightwell, Henrique de Almeida; and has been coached by Grammy winning artists like composer John Luther Adams, and percussionist Matt Duvall of Eighth Blackbird while attending percussion festivals like Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar and the Cloyd Duff Timpani Masterclass.