Born and raised in Denver, CO, Austin Wintory began studying piano and improvisation around age 10. His piano teacher, a former film composer for such shows as 'Barnaby Jones' and 'The Streets of San Francisco,' got Austin hooked on film music. By the time Austin was ready to leave Denver for college, his orchestral music had been performed publicly over a dozen times, often conducting the concert himself. He also had recorded a full-length orchestral album with the Utah Symphony, which was then distributed internationally by Lukas Kendall and Film Score Monthly.
Austin then attended New York University where he studied for several years under well-known orchestrators Sonny Kompanek and Deniz Hughes. During this time Austin was prolifically scoring student and independent short films, TV commercials and video art pieces. After several years at NYU, he decided to leave the east coast and move to Los Angeles, where he then was accepted into USC's famed graduate film scoring program.
Today Austin is constantly working on independent films, television programs, computer and video games, and miscellaneous other projects. In 2006 he scored the feature Johnny Montana, which among other awards and honors, was declared Best Feature at the 2006 Moondance Festival. Also in 2006 Austin began work at Sony on a new PlayStation3 game called fl0w. Beyond his work in film, Austin is an active concert composer, having fulfilled two orchestral commissions in 2005 and another in 2006.