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. In addition to his solo guitar work, Tye frequently collaborates with the New York Virtuosi String Quartet.
Tye performs a wide range of music from classical to flamenco, Latin, jazz, classic rock/Top 40 pop arrangements, and his original compositions. With over seventy original works and several commissions to his name, he is dedicated to expanding the classical guitar repertoire. Inspired by the legacy of Paraguayan guitarist, Agustin Barrios Mangore, who solely composed guitar music, Tye insists on featuring the guitar in all of his solo, chamber, and orchestral works.
Tye bought his first guitar at a pawn shop and began studying music fundamentals in 2007. After completing his undergraduate studies in classical guitar performance at the Oregon Center for the Arts, Tye received his Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, where he studied with Andres Segovia’s last direct pupil. Tye also studied classical guitar with Sharon Isbin at The Juilliard School, and he studied flamenco guitar with David Martinez at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Granada, Spain.
Tye is proudly sponsored by Savage Classical Guitar in Long Island, NY, the world’s largest classical guitar dealer and gallery. 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 January, 2019. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, yoga/meditation, philosophy, ancient literature, art, sustainability, and riding his bike through Central Park.