Tye Austin


Performing in the 2013 Green Show Tuesday, June 18.

This is his second season in the OSF Green Show.

Classical Guitar meets Flamenco and Latin Jazz.

Tye Austin, age 23, is a rising classical guitarist and prodigious composer from the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon. Austin made his solo debut at the Britt Festivals-Classical Series 2011 in Jacksonville, Oregon as opening act for Sharon Isbin, multiple Grammy Award winning guitarist and chair of guitar studies at The Juilliard School. He recently made his Carnegie Hall debut as first prizewinner of the American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition, 2013. He is also the first prizewinner and scholarship recipient of the Oregon Friends of Music Regional Scholarship Competition 2012 and the Southern Oregon Arts and Research Symposium 2009. He has performed at venues such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival-Greenshow, the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society, and the Southern Oregon University (SOU) Music Recital Hall. Austin began his guitar studies in the fall of 2008, and he just graduated from SOU with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Guitar Performance magna cum laude, under the tutelage and assistantship of James Edwards, head of SOU Guitar Department. Austin has recently been awarded a near full-ride scholarship to attend the Music Conservatory at Chicago College of Performing Arts, where he will study his Master’s Degree in Guitar Performance with Denis Azabagic starting fall, 2013. In his spare time, Austin enjoys philosophy, cycling, and practicing yoga/meditation.

“…he approaches his instrument the way a priest might approach his alter…” –John Darling, Medford’s Mail Tribune

“…he plays like a veteran twice his age.” –Joe Camarlinghi, NBC-5 “…a passionate performer, full of emotion and color.” –Christy Dolan, Friends of Music Scholarship Competition Chair

Tye Austin on Community: I am primarily apart of the student community at Southern Oregon University. However, I also perform, compose and teach in the greater community of Ashland and the Rogue Valley. Eventually, I hope to connect and interact with the global community as an international touring concert guitarist.