Austin Byrd was born and raised in Southern California. During high school, he won multiple awards at local jazz festivals, and was afforded the opportunity to perform with top Los Angeles professionals, including Bobby Shew, Eric Marienthal, Wayne Bergeron, Pete Christlieb, Gordon Goodwin, and Tom Kubis.
In 2007 Austin decided to attend the University of North Texas in Denton, TX on scholarship. Studying under internationally acclaimed pianist Stefan Karlsson, he soon began traveling and performing with various UNT ensembles. During college, he also became active in the Dallas/Ft. Worth scene and has performed with top local professionals such as Greg Osby, Mario Cruz (Jaco Pastorius, Blood Sweat and Tears, Bruce Springsteen), Shelley Carrol, Brad Leali (Count Basie Orchestra, Harry Connick, Jr.), and Paul Salos (6th place finisher America’s Got Talent). He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies in 2011.
Upon graduation, Austin decided to continue his education and pursue his Master’s at UNT. In 2011, he was hired as a full time Teaching Fellow, whose duties included teaching Jazz Keyboard Fundamentals and acting as Musical Director of the Zebras contemporary ensemble. He graduated in May 2013, and the following year joined the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra for their world tour. From May 2014 - February 2015 he performed in 44 states and multiple countries including Canada and Japan.
Austin is now based in Los Angeles and is quickly becoming one of the most in demand players in the area.