Joe Robinson performs three pieces that highlight his unique and brilliant musical virtuosity.

Joe Robinson is considered gifted as a virtuoso guitarist and singer/songwriter. Robinson started playing guitar at age nine and after outpacing his guitar instructor began educating himself via the Internet. At 13 years old, he won the Australian National Songwriting Competition and was soon sharing stages with artists like Tommy and Phil Emmanuel, releasing his first album at age 15. When 16-year-old Robinson burned through a Chet Atkins-inflected medley of “Day Tripper” and “Lady Madonna” at the opening round of the 2008 Australia’s Got Talent television series competition, the entire house gave him a standing ovation. He went on to win $250k with his take on Tommy Emmanuel’s arrangement of “Classical Gas.” Robinson relocated to Nashville and was awarded the title of “Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World” at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood. That year he also performed at Bonnaroo, and was voted “Best New Talent” in the Guitar Player Readers’ Poll.

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