Guitarist Troy King holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University and the The Lamont School of Music/University of Denver. His major teachers have been John Holmquist and Ricardo Iznaola. Additional instruction includes private study in England with composer/guitarist Gilbert Biberian and participation in dozens of public master classes given by various artists.
King regularly performs solo and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America. He has been heard on the BBC and frequently on National Public Radio in both the United States and Spain, and has given festival performances at the Interlochen Arts Festival, Charlton Kings International Guitar Festival (UK), the Portland Guitar Festival, Bethlehem Guitar Festival, and Summer Guitar Workshop. Frequent tours have taken King to major concert venues in London, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Mexico City, Honolulu, Cheltenham (UK), Albuquerque, Cleveland, Denver, Ann Arbor, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Derby (UK), San Diego, Phoenix, Portland, and Washington DC, and many more. Concerts and/or master classes at universities and conservatories include Columbia University, University of Maryland, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, Palomar College, and Glendale College.
He has released two solo guitar recordings, each containing world premieres and receiving unanimous international critical acclaim: "Musique de Salon: Classical Guitar Music for a New Belle Epoque," released on the IGW label and distributed by Eroica Classical Recordings, was hailed by Classical Guitar Magazine as: "A major international debut by any standard. A guitarist of the highest order"); and "Musica del Arte: Masterworks for Guitar by Latin American Composers," released internationally on the Centaur Records label was reviewed in The American Record Guide, which stated: "[King's] interpretations have a winning rhythmic impulse . . . [are] harmonically sumptuous and lyrically expansive . . . [and] a complete delight!" “Piano Music for Two Guitars,” debut recording of the Arabesque Duo (King and Kathrin Murray), was also released in 2011 on the Centaur label. Other stellar concert and record reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, Les Cahiers de la guitare (France), Soundboard Magazine, Baltimore Sun, Albuquerque Journal, and Gloucestershire Echo (UK).
King won first prize at the Fifth Portland International Guitar Competition, first prizes at the Lamont Chamber Music Competition and the Montpellier Recitalist Competition, and was a finalist at the IV Manuel Ponce International Guitar Competition in Mexico.
He is a Lecturer at Towson University, teaching guitar lessons, guitar ensembles, guitar accompaniment, guitar history, and guitar for non-majors.