Born and raised in New Orleans, Guy West has been performing as a Classical and Flamenco guitarist for over thirty years.
He began playing Rock and Metal guitar at an early age, and then decided to study Classical after hearing its influence on guitarists such as Tony MacAlpine and Yngwie Malmsteen.
Guy has been teaching guitar for over twenty years and currently offers remote instruction in Classical, Flamenco, and Brazilian styles.
As an undergraduate at Xavier University of Louisiana, Guy won first place in the 1991 Pine Belt Classical Guitar Competition held at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, making him the first Black American to win a major classical guitar competition.
The following year, he won first prize in the Federation of Music Clubs Southern Regional, Young Artist Division. During this time, he made live interview and performance appearances on WWNO Classical Radio New Orleans. Guy also initiated the first Xavier University Classical Guitar Ensemble with whom he appeared again on WWNO.
After receiving his Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from Xavier, Guy went on to obtain his Master's under Celin Romero from San Diego State University. While there, he had the incredible opportunity to receive private lessons with the legendary Maestro, Celedonio Romero. Guy participated in the Masterclasses of Pepe Romero, Jorge Morel, and Adam Holzman. He also studied Flamenco guitar with Augustin "El Moro" Hubert and Paco Sevilla, and continues to study the style extensively.
Guy produced and released his debut album, Solo Guitar, in 2011. On it you can hear him perform works by J. S. Bach, Giuliani, Brouwer, as well as, his original Flamenco composition, Sol en Algeciras.
Prior to the pandemic, Guy performed the Adagio movement from Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with pianist Maya Galt at Opera America in New York City, sponsored by the Association of Classical Musicians and Artists. Guy also performs with Philadelphia based Flamenco company, Pasion Y Arte, under the direction of Elba Hevia-Vaca.