Marco Tamayo was born in Havana, where he started to play guitar at the age of three under his father’s tuition. He studied with Antonio Alberto Rodríguez and Leo Brouwer, and later in Europe in Munich and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where he was a pupil of Eliot Fisk, Rainer Schmidt for violin, and Anthony Spiri for harpsichord, among others.
Winner of major international guitar competitions like the Michele Pittaluga, Città de Alessandria, in 1999, Marco Tamayo has performed concerts together with the Chamber Orchestra of St Petersburg, the Turin Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Aix en Provence, the Tampere Philharmonic in Finland and the Havana Philharmonic, among many others.
He divides his activities between concert appearances and teaching, with masterclasses in different guitar festivals around the world and in universities such as Seoul University of Arts in South Korea. He has lived in Salzburg since 1995 and has taught at the Mozarteum since 2000.