If you’ve ever watched Austin Kwoun play the violin, and admired his focus and confidence, you may not have realized that he gets very nervous when performing in front of a crowd. But Austin has “pretty bad stage fright,” he concedes with a rueful smile, and “the bigger the audience, the worse it gets."
Austin, who will be performing this Friday, March 7, as the Conductor’s Choice soloist with the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra, and on April 20 at Carnegie Hall, has learned how to deal with his fear. “I watch my fingers,” he says. The habit calms him “until I look up and see all of the people watching me and I get nervous all over again.”