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’ll also be competing in the final round of the Forte International Music Competition at Carnegie Hall on February 4, 2017. 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. 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 custom-made 2015 Steve Connor Guitar from Cape Cod, MA. Visit http://www.tyeaustin.com for more information.