Press Kit

Tye Austin, M.M.
Classical Guitarist & Composer
New England Conservatory ’16
Boston, MA 02115
(541) 324-3938

Short Biography:

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Hailed by NBC News as a guitarist who “…can make the guitar sing like it was invented to be in his hands,” native Oregonian Tye Austin recently made his Royal Albert Hall debut in London, England after winning first place in the 2016 Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition. He also won first place at the 2013 American Protege International Music Competition at Carnegie Hall. Tye has performed with Grammy-winning musicians such as Sharon Isbin, Eliot Fisk, and Bela Fleck, and he’s been interviewed on National Public Radio. Psychology Today praised the way, “Tye Austin led us (the audience) into a musical embrace,” following his debut performance at the historical Boston Athenaeum. Tye is also an accomplished composer/arranger dedicated to expanding the guitar repertoire. The 2016-17 concert season will see the premiere of new chamber music Tye composed for the Boston Guitar Orchestra and his newly-formed Back Bay String Quartet. Tye Austin began his formal guitar studies at Southern Oregon University in 2008 and, thanks to a generous patronage and private scholarship, he completed his Master of Music degree at the world renowned New England Conservatory in 2016 under the tutelage of legendary maestro Eliot Fisk (the last student of Andres Segovia). Tye plays a custom-made 2015 Steve Connor Guitar from Cape Cod, MA. Visit for more information.

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Press Quotes:

“…Tye Austin led us into a musical embrace. One could almost see the notes floating through the Athenaeum, over the ivy boughs laced with white lights and into the gallery of books and paintings.”
-Rita Watson, Psychology Today

“Tye Austin can make the guitar sing like it was invented to be in his hands…he plays classical guitar like a veteran twice his age.”
-Joe Camarlinghi, NBC-5

“Tye has a beautiful style and passion. He speaks from a deep and masterful soul through his guitar. He approaches his instrument as a priest might approach his altar, bringing with him a spirited presence that makes the hair stand up on your arms and tears dampen the eyes. He is a gift to our (Rogue) valley.”
-John Darling, Medford Mail Tribune

“Tye Austin…all around guitar guru…”
–Colleen Slavin, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

“…Tye performed a program replete with moody, audience-embracing pieces, made all the more clandestine by the performer’s mysterious bearing.”
-Stephanie Susberich, NYC music blogger

Press Links and Videos:

Psychology Today

The Boston Guardian

NYC Music Blog

Medford Mail Tribune

Medford Mail Tribune

Ashland Daily Tidings (Revels)

Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Greenshow)

Watch an interview with Tye on BNN TV News:

Watch an interview with Tye on NBC TV News:

Competitions and Awards:

First prizewinner – 2016 Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition (London, UK)

First prizewinner – 2013 American Protégé International Strings Competition (NYC, NY).

First prizewinner – 2012 Friends of Music Regional Music Competition (Brookings, OR).

First prizewinner – 2009 Southern Oregon Arts and Research Symposium (Ashland, OR).