Marco Tamayo, a Cuban born guitarist with Austrian citizenship, has been acclaimed by the Italian newspaper L’Stampa as “il re della chitarra” -king of guitar- and praised by musicians like John Williams, Leo Brouwer and Eliot Fisk.

Tamayo has collaborated as a soloist with famous orchestras such as Philharmonic orchestra of Turin (Italy) Philharmonic orchestra of St. Petersburg, Chamber orchestra of St. Petersburg, Philharmonic orchestra of Culiacan (Mexico), Philharmonic orchestra of Havana (Cuba), Oulu Philharmonic orchestra (Finland) and has performed with great conductors like Ennio and Andrea Morricone, Justuz Frantz, Philipe Bender, Leo Brouwer, Paolo Ferrara, Gordon Campbell, Kurt Redel, Hannu Lintu etc.


He has released six albums, of which three are under the Naxos label and he has received countless reviews that extol his talent. Eliot Fisk has commented: “a perfect technical development and an extraordinary musical intelligence…”  

Presented as an incredibly promising talent at the age of six, Tamayo has won first prize at major international guitar competitions like the Andres Segovia, Michelle Pittaluga-cita di Alessandria and Leo Brouwer competitions and he has won more than 25 first prizes at international events.

Marco Tamayo is a Professor at the Mozarteum University of Arts in Salzburg and at the Landeskonservatorium in Klagenfurt, he is a Guest Professor at the Music Academy in Gdansk, Poland and he has been a Professor at the Sydney University in Australia.

His book named "Essential Principles for the performance on the classical guitar" has changed the approach to the instrument and its teaching worldwide. His students enjoy an international career.


Marco Tamayo is the Artistic Director of the Michelle Pittaluga International Guitar competition in Alessandria (Italy). He is also an Honorary Citizen of the city of Solero and of Alessandria and he is the Chairman of the Marco Tamayo Edition, a publishing house established in 2014.

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