Hailed by NBC News for making “…the guitar sing like it was invented only to be in his hands,” native Oregonian Tye Austin (age 29) is an international award-winning classical guitarist and composer based in New York City. Within a decade of picking up the instrument, Tye has performed solo at Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, US French Embassy, and many other prestigious venues. In October, 2017, he was invited to perform solo for over three-hundred world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, NY. Tye has been interviewed by NBC News, National Public Radio, The Boston Guardian, and Psychology Today. He has also won first prize in numerous music competitions including NYC’s American Protege International, and London’s Grand Prize Virtuoso International. In addition to his solo guitar work, he frequently collaborates with his self-titled Latin jazz trio, and the New York Virtuosi String Quartet.

Tye performs a wide range of music from classical to flamenco, Latin, jazz, Hawaiian slack-key, Top 40 pop arrangements, original compositions, and more. With over seventy original works and several commissions to his name, he is dedicated to expanding the classical guitar repertoire. All of his solo and chamber music works feature the guitar. Tye is also a prolific singer/songwriter who sets a variety of instrumentation to original poetry about love, nature, philosophy, self-reliance, and the human condition.

He bought his first guitar at a pawn shop after attending a classical guitar concert in 2007. Within six months of formal guitar studies, Tye was accepted as a full-time music major at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University (OCASOU) in 2008. After completing his Bachelor of Arts Degree in classical guitar performance and music composition at OCASOU, he received a full-ride scholarship to pursue his Master of Music Degree in classical guitar performance at the New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston, MA. While at NEC, Tye studied with Andres Segovia’s last direct pupil, Eliot Fisk. Tye furthered his classical guitar studies in master classes with Grammy-winner, Sharon Isbin at The Juilliard School, and he studied flamenco guitar technique with David Martinez at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Granada, Spain.

Tye is proudly sponsored by D’Addario Strings and Savage Classical Guitar in Long Island, NY, the largest classical guitar dealer and gallery in the world. His debut studio album, Andalusia: Spanish Guitar Music, was released in December, 2017. His second album, featuring obscure Latin guitar works, will be released in the summer of 2019. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking new recipes, practicing yoga/meditation, reading poetry and philosophy, and riding his bike through Central Park. Contact for more information.