Marco Tamayo, a Cuban guitarist with Austrian citizenship, as “Il Re della Chitarra” (the king of the guitar), started playing guitar at the early age of three, and he was hailed as a child prodigy from the age of six. His first international tour occurred in Europe when he was ten, and his international reputation in all fields of classical guitar has continued to grow. Marco Tamayo, now Professor of classical guitar at the Universität der Künste Berlin (UDK), is a winner of major international competitions with about 25 awards and maintains an active performance career as a soloist, a regular member of chamber music ensembles, and a frequent performer of concertos for solo guitar and orchestra.
His wide repertory includes all different styles. Lately, his interest in composition has led him to create new literature for the instrument. Tamayo’s book “Essential Principles for the interpretation of the Classical Guitar” changed the approach to classical guitar teaching worldwide. His pedagogical experience includes a Professorship at Sidney University /Australia, GMPU / Austria, Mozarteum University of Arts-Salzburg/Austria, Academy of arts Gdańsk /Poland, and recently he was awarded the Professorship at the UDK Berlin out of more than 400 guitarists under consideration.
Marco Tamayo is currently performing on a guitar built by American luthier Stephen Connor. He is a Savarez Artist and uses Cantiga Premium – Alliance / Blue strings. Tamayo is the Chairman of Marco Tamayo Edition, a publishing house he created in 2014.
Maestro Tamayo will also teach 2 masterclasses open to the public for observation at no fee, dates tbd.