Violinist J. Austin Wulliman has been featured as soloist and chamber musician on many concert series, including recent performances at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Harris Theater, the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, New York's Merkin Hall, Live on WFMT, and on NPR’s Performance Today. Austin is a member of Spektral Quartet, which is Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Chicago, where he teaches violin and chamber music as well as playing in the faculty new music ensemble.
Austin's reputation as an interpreter of new music was first established through his work with Ensemble Dal Niente, often performing as solo violinist and exploring the most challenging contemporary chamber music. He has also performed with other top new music ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s group MusicNow, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne of Montreal. He has worked with many leading composers including William Bolcom, Brian Ferneyhough, John Harbison, Lee Hyla, Shulamit Ran, Bernard Rands, Hans Thomalla, Augusta Read Thomas, Kaija Saariaho, Bright Sheng and Mark Anthony Turnage.
Austin has held masterclasses and educational residencies at Stanford University, Harvard University and University of Maryland, among others. He was Aspen Music Festival's Violin Fellow in the Contemporary Ensemble and studied with Paul Kantor, performing as concerto soloist with the ensemble in 2009. Austin also attended the Lucerne Festival where he played under the baton of Pierre Boulez and studied with members of Ensemble Intercontemporain.
Austin can be heard on record with Spektral Quartet on the labels Parlour Tapes+ ("Chambers"), Azica Records ("From This Point Forward") and Aparte ("Fin de siècle"), as well as their "Mobile Miniatures" project, a collection of newly composed ringtones from over 40 composers. He can also be heard with Ensemble Dal Niente on Navona ("Abhanden") and Carrier Records ("Without Words") and his solo debut ("Diligence Is to Magic As Progress Is to Flight") released in Dec. 2014 in a large-scale collaboration with Katherine Young.
Austin received a Master’s degree from Northwestern University as the recipient of the Rev. John M. Krump Endowed Scholarship. He was also teaching assistant to Blair Milton and soloist with the Baroque and New Music Ensembles. He received his Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from the University of Michigan as a student of Aaron Berofsky.