Austin Cook is an award-winning music director and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. A native of Kansas City, MO, Cook has been a dedicated musician his entire life. After receiving his bachelor's degrees in piano & vocal performance, Austin toured Europe performing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2. In 2008, he came back to the states to join as a composer/orchestrator with Walt Disney Entertainment. In 2009, Austin made the move to Chicago, IL to continue his work as a music director, producer & actor.
While in Chicago, Austin won 3 JEFF awards for Music Direction and Artistic Specialization. Austin is a proud member of AEA and the AFM. He is also an Artistic affiliate of Porchlight Music Theater & an ensemble member of American Blues Theater. As a producer Austin's most recently produced album The Beast in Me received the 2014 Independent Music Award for Best Roots EP. The album was performed in its entirety on the nationally televised PBS series Sun Studio Sessions.
In 2017, Austin began playing Piano 1 for the new Broadway musical War Paint in Chicago! Austin then transplanted to NYC as the production went to Broadway. Currently, Austin joined the mega-hit production of Hamilton as Music Associate. Currently, you can see Austin conducting or playing Keyboard 2 at the historic Pantages theater in Hollywood!