Tony R. Clef was born in Bellows Falls VT and grew up in nearby Springfield, VT. He has spent most of his adult life in the Boston, MA area. He studied classical guitar primarily with Richard Layman in Brookline, MA and also for a time with Adam Holzman in Austin, TX. Always interested in more than just the standard classical repertory, in the early 2000s he started playing steel string guitar again after a nearly 20-year hiatus and took classes briefly with gypsy jazz player Stephane Wrembel. Clef is also passionate about Brazilian popular music and began around this time to teach himself the rudiments of samba and bossa nova, taking classes in Brazilian Portuguese to dig deeper into the music and culture. Through intensive self-study he has developed a considerable capacity for picking out complex harmonies by ear. Today Tony R. Clef lives in Somerville, MA and works in IT at Harvard University. He posts guitar videos on YouTube.com in his spare time and plays the occasional wedding gig.