Bio

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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, he frequently collaborates with his self-titled Latin jazz trio, and the New York Virtuosi String Quartet.

Tye performs a wide range of music genres from classical to flamenco, Latin, jazz, 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. He’s also a prolific singer/songwriter who sets acoustic guitar music to original poetry about love, nature, philosophy, self-reliance, and the human condition.

After completing his undergraduate studies in classical guitar performance at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, he received a scholarship to pursue his Master of Music Degree at the New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston, MA. While at NEC, Tye studied with Andres Segovia’s last direct pupil, Eliot Fisk. Tye also studied classical guitar performance with Grammy-winner, Sharon Isbin at The Juilliard School, and he studied flamenco guitar performance with David Martinez at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Granada, Spain.

Tye is a full-time freelance musician who performs at gala celebrations, corporate parties, weddings, cruise ships, and other luxury events in New York City and abroad. He 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 independently released in December, 2017. His second album, featuring obscure Latin guitar works, will be released in March, 2019. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, reading poetry, hiking in the forest, and riding his bike through Central Park. Contact info@tyeaustin.com for more information.