In addition to his broad artistic activities on the international arena, Hkon Austb¿ has built up a considerable pedagogical experience over the years.
In 1979, he was asked to take a job as a piano major teacher at the Conservatory of Utrecht, the Netherlands. At this point he lacked teaching experience but soon became one of the most sought-after teachers in the country. Here and until recently at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, he conducted classes with students from all over the world, who came to profit from from the special artistic profile in his teaching, in instrumental method as well as in the building of musical attitude and unusual repertoire. Moreover, he was head of piano faculty at both institutes, introducing new features into the curriculum such as repertoire classes and historical practice.
Mr. Austb¿ has also given numerous masterclasses in institutes like the Folkwang-Hochschule, Essen, Hochschule fr Musik, Hamburg, Hochschule fr Musik, Berlin, Conservatory of Antwerp, Toho School, Tokyo, Gnessin Institute, Moscow, Musikhgskolan, Stockholm, Norges Musikkh¿gskole, Oslo and the Grieg Academy, Bergen. In many of these classes he has treated subjects like Skryabin and Messiaen, but also general repertoire.
From January, 2007, mr. Austb¿ takes over the position as professor of piano at the Department of music and Dance, University of Stavanger, Norway. This ambitious institute is in the process of developing new approaches to music education, and mr. Austb¿ will be a central actor in this process.