Press Release: First Prize & Solo Debut: Royal Albert Hall

Tye Austin Wins International Music Competition and Royal Albert Hall Debut!

Tye Austin will also perform a Pre-Royal Albert Hall concert at the Guild of Boston Artists.

BOSTON­ – Local classical guitarist and New England Conservatory of Music alumnus Tye Austin has recently won first place in the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition and has been invited to make his solo-debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England on December 14, 2016.

About Tye Austin: 

Hailed by NBC-5 as a guitarist who “…can make the guitar sing like it was invented to be in his hands,” native Oregonian Tye Austin made his Carnegie Hall debut after winning first prize in the American Protege International Strings Competition in 2013 merely five years after beginning his formal music studies at Southern Oregon University. Since then he has performed with Grammy-winning musicians such as Sharon Isbin, Eliot Fisk, and Bela Fleck, and he’s been interviewed on National Public Radio. Tye is also an accomplished composer/arranger dedicated to expanding the guitar solo and chamber repertoire. He’ll be conducting the premiere of four new orchestral works he composed for the Boston Guitar Orchestra at Boston Classical Guitar Society’s November concert with the Beijing Guitar Duo. Thanks to a generous patronage and private scholarship, Tye graduated from the New England Conservatory with his Master of Music degree under the tutelage of legendary maestro Eliot Fisk (the last student of Andres Segovia). Tye plays a customized 2015 Steve Connor Guitar from Cape Cod, MA.

“Tye Austin is an excellent musician and performer who is passionate about the relevance of classical guitar in the 21st century. His sheer dedication to the instrument can be witnessed in his playing,” says Andrew Mantel, President of the NEC Alumni Association.

Tye will be performing a Pre-Royal Albert Hall concert at the Guild of Boston Artists (162 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116) on December 9, 2016 at 8PM. The concert program will feature music from J.S. Bach, Francisco Tarrega, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and many others. Tickets will be sold at the door, online at, or by phone at (617) 536-7660 and cost $30/public, $25/students, $20/members. All proceeds go to support Tye’s music career.

Please contact Tye directly to book concerts or schedule interviews. For more information visit and follow him on social media @tyeaustinguitar


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