Hailed by NBC News for making “…the guitar sing like it was invented only to be in his hands,” native Oregonian Tye Austin (age 28) is an international award-winning classical guitarist and composer based in New York City. Within a decade of picking up the instrument for the first time, Tye has performed solo at Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, the United Nations, US French Embassy, and he’s been interviewed by National Public Radio, NBC News, and Psychology Today. He has opened for celebrities and Grammy-winners such as Bela Fleck, Sharon Isbin, and Eliot Fisk. The 2018 concert season will see Tye perform and at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn Public Library, and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. He also volunteers regular concerts at the Bowery Mission Chapel in NYC.
Tye’s concert programs feature a wide range of musical genres from classical to flamenco, Latin jazz, contemporary pop, and his original compositions. In addition to his solo guitar work, Tye frequently collaborates with the NY Virtuosi String Quartet and his self-titled Latin jazz trio to push the boundaries of classical guitar. As a prodigious composer/arranger with over fifty original works and several commissions, he is dedicated to expanding the classical guitar repertoire.
Tye bought his first guitar at a pawn shop after attending his first classical guitar concert in 2007. He soon began auditing college courses in music fundamentals and guitar technique at Southern Oregon University (SOU) before he was accepted as a full-time music major in the fall of 2008. He began composing music in 2010, made his solo-debut opening for Sharon Isbin in 2011, conducted the premiere of his first symphony in 2012, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from SOU after making his Carnegie Hall debut in 2013. He completed his Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2016, where he studied with legendary maestro Eliot Fisk (the last direct pupil of Andres Segovia). Tye also studied with Grammy-winners Sharon Isbin (Juilliard Guitar Chair), Jason Vieaux (Curtis Institute Guitar Chair), and William Kannengiser (USC Guitar Chair).
Tye’s debut studio album, Andalusia: Spanish Guitar Music, is available now for streaming at his Digital Music Store or SoundCloud. Tye plays an Antonio Lorriente guitar, handcrafted in Madrid, Spain. In his spare time, he enjoys meditating, reading in solitude, and riding his bike through Central Park.