Vin Downes began studying guitar at the age of eleven. His early interests were in electric guitar, but this changed when he heard the music of David Cullen, Michael Hedges and Leo Kottke. He was immediately intrigued with the art of fingerstyle acoustic guitar.
Greatly influenced by the music of artists on Windham Hill Records in the late 1980's, Downes furthered his interest of fingerstyle technique and composition by earning a degree in classical guitar performance and music education from William Paterson University. Along the way, he has studied classical composition, Indian tabla, Celtic Music and American roots music, while developing a love for jazz and all improvised music.
As well as being a composer and solo artist, Vin Downes is a freelance guitarist who works in Classical, Jazz, Theater, and Popular music settings. He has also been an award winning music educator for the last seventeen years and has maintained a private teaching studio for the last 15.