Austin Frantz is a 16-year-old classical pianist. Austin first started learning piano with Delilah Rudolph at age six at North Cross School. In fifth grade as his ability improved, he began studying piano with Melia Garber who was on the teaching faculty at Hollins University. Presently, he continues to work with Ms. Garber who is also the Director of Music at Heights Community Church in Roanoke, VA.
In addition to playing at Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church, Austin has participated in numerous recitals and several competitions. Most recently, he was one of several young artists to be recognized by The American Protégé Competition and was invited to perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
In recent years, Austin has worked to further his piano studies and ability through summer music programs at UNCG in Greensboro, NC (2019), Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan (2021), and the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC (2022).
Although Austin enjoys several different genres of music, classical is his favorite as he feels it offers the widest range of emotions. Austin loves piano because it allows him to precisely convey his feelings through control over the note choices, speed, volume, and tone, which collectively form something beautiful. Currently, Austin is a junior at Salem High School and Roanoke Governor’s School and hopes to continue his music studies in college.