Austin Peralta's energy in the interpretation of his music is already helping to establish himself as a musician at the age of 15. Austin was awarded the Shelly Manne New Talent Award by the Los Angeles Jazz Society in 2003. Austin has played with the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, has also performed at the Playboy Jazz Festival, the Jazz Baltica Festival, and the Tokyo Jazz Festival. On his debut album, Maiden Voyage, which is available from Sony Japan, Ron Carter joins him on bass, along with Billy Kilson on drums. Austin also performs with Adam Rudolph's Go: Organic Orchestra on flutes and piccolo, performing alongside percussion master Big Black, woodwind guru Bennie Maupin, and spiritual vocalist Dwight Trible.
Austin began his musical journey at age six with a deep passion for classical music and studied classical piano for five years with Eleanor Lindboe and Sara Banta at Pepperdine University, before discovering a love for jazz. He continues to study classical music. Austin has been exploring jazz (on his own) for the last four years. He has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to study one on one with noted jazz mentors, Alan Pasqua, Buddy Collette, Ralph Jones, and Kenny Cox. He cites John Coltrane, Chopin, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, and Kenny Garrett as major influences.
In addition to piano, Austin is also adept on the acoustic bass. He plays soprano & alto saxophones, and drums as well. He avidly composes original musical works and recently recorded his next album project comprised of his music. It will be out in December. As well, he has also recorded classical piano works, which can be heard in the 2004 documentary film, Riding Giants.
Austin is not content to use his music simply to entertain, but rather to emphasize peace by creating unique musical textures that incorporate an intense dynamic range providing for the audience a different experience.