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virtuoso Stanley Yates has established an international career as
concert performer and recording artist, teacher, arranger and scholar.
Performing to wide
critical and audience acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, he has been
praised by the English magazine Classical Guitar as "one of an elite
breed of guitarists," the Fort Worth Star Telegram for the
"transcendent quality of his interpretative abilities," the
Italian magazine Suonare for his "musical instinct and brilliant
technique." He has been the subject of interviews, articles and
extended reviews in many of the national and international guitar magazines
including, Guitare Aktuel (Germany), Il fronimo (Italy), Fingerstyle (US),
Fingerstyle Review (US), Teaching Guitar (US), Suonare (Italy), and
Classical Guitar (England).
His recent transcription
and recording of the Bach cello suites has received international attention,
being described as "immaculate...a major landmark" (Classical
Guitar, England), "elegant and persuasive...a transcription that makes
history" (Suonare, Italy), "distinguished...refreshing"
(Soundboard, USA), "compelling and technically flawless" (American
A past prize-winner in
such prestigious performance competitions as the Myra Hess (London) and
the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, he has performed
as recitalist and concerto soloist throughout the United States and Europe.
Recent appearances include the International Festivals of the Guitar
Foundation of America, the Guitar Festival of Great Britain, the Lagonegro
Contemporary Music Festival (Italy), the Rantucci Festival (New York),
Piccolo Spoleto; the Appalachian Guitar Fest; and the international concert
series of the Dallas and Fort Worth Guitar Societies, among many others.
A committed interpreter
both of new music and of neglected masterpieces from the past, he has been
dedicatee and first performer of music by such notable American and European
guitar composers as Stepan Rak, Angelo Gilardino, John Duarte, Atanas
Ourkouzounov, Mark Delpriora, Jim Piorkowski, Mark Houghton and Roger
Hudson, and has reconstructed and given first modern performances of such
important rediscovered works as Villa-Lobos' Valsa Concerto No. 2 and the
Shand Premier Concerto and late eighteenth-century concertos by Vidal, Doisy
His recordings for
Reference Recordings, Heartdance Music, and Aeolian Recordings include his
widely-acclaimed arrangements of the Bach Cello Suites, premiere recordings
of major chamber works by John Rutter, Michael Fink and Mario
Castelnuovo-Tedesco, a recent recording of music by Lennon and McCartney,
and several didactic recordings.
His editions and
arrangements are published by Mel Bay Publications in the Stanley Yates
Series. This critically-acclaimed series includes transcriptions of music
by Bach and Albéniz; performance editions of collected concert works by Rak
and Shand, and a series of didactic works. In addition, his performance
articles dealing with the music of Bach and Villa-Lobos have been published
internationally in six languages, appearing in such journals as Il Fronimo,
Guitarre & Laute, Gendai Guitar, 8 Sonoro, Soundboard, and Classical
A much in-demand
teacher, he has presented masterclasses and lectures at numerous festivals,
colleges, universities and conservatories, including the Royal Academy of
Music, London; and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. He is an
advisory board member of both the Guitar Foundation of America and Guitar
Forum - the Journal of the European Guitar Teachers' Association.
received performer's diplomas from Trinity College, London, and Sandown
College of Performing Arts, Liverpool (where he graduated with the highest
pass in the history of the college). He also received post-graduate degrees
from the University of Liverpool (with a distinction in performance) and the
University of North Texas (where he was the only non-pianist ever to receive
the Morgan Dissertation Award for Excellence in Music Performance).
Now a resident of the United States, he currently directs the guitar program at Austin Peay State University, home of Tennessee's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.
"one of very few
musicians who, having dedicated themselves to the guitar, have managed to
bring together instinct and brilliant tecnique with the most refined
musical and musicolocal preparation. Suonare (Italy)
exceptional recital from a master of the instrument...an experience not to
with all profundity in undisturbed communication of the music. Technical
perfection, tonal purity and a considered objectivity are all perfectly
placed." Azijnfabriek in Muzerije, Bosch Auditorium, Den
"... poetic and
rhapsodic." Soundboard, GFA Guitar Festival, Miami, USA
authority and control..." Guitar International, England
efficient, controlled mastery of his
distinguished playing, a recording to hear and learn from." Soundboard
personal, compelling, and technically flawless performance..."
American Record Guide
this interpretation it is impossible not to refer to the same transcriptions
of the Suites by Yates, where he rethinks the terms in which Bach has been
represented in the guitar tradition..." Guitart
"In accord with the English saying "The proof of the pudding is in the eating"...we hear nether an arid Bach imitation nor a romanticized interpretation to which the guitar might lend itself, but rather a piece of music-making characterized by joyful playing and knowledge of the subject." Guitar Aktuell (Germany)