British-born guitarist Stanley Yates
enjoys an international
career as concert performer and recording artist, teacher,
arranger, and scholar.
has been described
as "one of an elite breed of guitarists" (Classical
Guitar Magazine), praised for the "transcendent quality of
his interpretations" (Fort Worth
Star Telegram), recognized for his "musical instinct and
brilliant technique" (Suonare, Italy). He has been
the subject of interviews, articles and extended reviews in many
national and international guitar magazines including,
Guitare Aktuel (Germany), Il fronimo (Italy),
Fingerstyle (US), Soundboard (US), Guitar
International (UK), Fingerstyle Review (US), Teaching
Guitar (US), Suonare (Italy), Classical Guitar
(England). He is
also featured in The
Classical Guitar: Its Evolution, Players and Personalities Since
1800 and Instrumental
Influences: Reflections on the Classical Guitar from the
Instrument’s Most Influential Performers and Pedagogues.
A past prize-winner in such
performance competitions as the Myra Hess (London) and the
Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, he has
performed as recitalist and concerto soloist at major
venues throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in
Asia, South America, and Australia.
1997 transcription and recording of the Bach cello suites 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 Record Guide).
interpreter of both new music and neglected masterpieces from
the past, he has been dedicatee and first performer of music by
such notable American and European composers as Stepan
Rak, Angelo Gilardino, John Duarte, Atanas Ourkouzounov, Mark
Delpriora, James Piorkowski, Mark Houghton, Elizabeth Vercoe,
Lloyd Wells, Jeffrey Wood and Roger Hudson, and has reconstructed and given
first modern performances of such important rediscovered works
as Villa-Lobos' Valsa Concerto No. 2, the Shand Premier Concerto
and late eighteenth-century concertos by Vidal, Doisy and Viotti.
for Naxos, Reference Recordings, Heartdance Music, Zillian Records,
dbMusic, and Aeolian Recordings include his widely-acclaimed
arrangements of the Bach Cello Suites, the first recording of
major chamber works by John Rutter, Michael Fink and Mario
Castelnuovo-Tedesco, a recording of music by Lennon and
McCartney, the first recording of late 18th-century Parisian
concertos by Vidal, Doisy and Viotti, the first recording of
Carulli's period arrangements of Beethoven,
Mozart, Haydn and Rossini, and a series of didactic
recordings, among others. He is also the featured guitarist in
DVD film, Francisco Tarrega: Life and Music.
numerous editions and arrangements are published in the
Stanley Yates Series by Mel Bay Publications (and with
Chanterelle Verlag, ClearNote Music and his own imprint, CGS). This critically-acclaimed
catalogue includes transcriptions of music by Bach, Albéniz and
performance editions of collected concert works by Rak and Shand,
a series of originally composed didactic works, a best-selling
guitar method, and several collections of graded student
repertoire. His performance articles dealing with the music of
Bach, Villa-Lobos, Albéniz, and others have been published
internationally in ten languages, appearing in such journals as
Il Fronimo, Guitarre & Laute,
Gendai Guitar, 8 Sonoro, Homa
and Classical Guitar.
A popular guest teacher and
lecturer, 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, Glen Gould
Professional School, Toronto; the Royal Northern College of
Music; the Guitar Foundation of America; the
University Federale do Rio Grande do Sur Brazil; the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; the Cleveland Institute of Music, and many others.
He has been an advisory board member of the Guitar Foundation of
America, an editorial board member of the Journal of the
European Guitar Teachers' Association, and Guitar Forum Editor
for the American String Teacher's Association. He has been
described as "one of the leading pedagogues of our era"
(Soundboard - Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America).
He received performance 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 music analysis) and the University of North Texas (where he was the
first non-pianist to receive the Morgan Dissertation Award for
Excellence in Music Performance).
A resident of the United States, he is
Professor of Music and director of guitar studies at Austin Peay
State University, home of Tennessee's Center of Excellence for
the Creative Arts.
of very few musicians who, having dedicated themselves to the
guitar, have managed to bring together instinct and brilliant
technique with the most refined musical and musicological
of the premier exponents of 20th-century music for the classical
guitar...a truly outstanding and memorable musical
Orange County, California, USA
"...a master of the instrument...an
experience not to be missed!"
Classical Guitar Magazine (England)
"The transcendent quality of Yates' interpretative abilities
was apparent not only in the Rak piece but also in the rest of
his wide-ranging program, which included two suites by
Bach...it is clearly this quality that sets him apart from his
Fort Worth Star Telegram, Dallas Classic Guitar
Society, Dallas, USA
"Yates plays with all profundity in
undisturbed communication of the music. Technical perfection,
tonal purity and a considered objectivity are all perfectly
Azijnfabriek in Muzerije, Bosch Auditorium,
Den Bosch, Holland
"...a performing academic of the highest caliber - one
of an elite breed of guitarists whose playing is every bit
as impressive as his qualifications.
Classical Guitar, Euro-Wirral International Guitar Festival, England
"Great authority and control..."
Guitar International, Liverpool, England
"...poetic and rhapsodic."
Soundboard, GFA Guitar Festival, Miami, USA
"...exhilarating...a superb player"
Classical Guitar, Euro-Wirral International Guitar
CD Reviews [Bach]
"...immaculate technique...a sense of commitment and
ownership rarely equaled in this repertoire....A major landmark."
Classical Guitar (England)
"..distinguished playing, a recording to
hear and learn from."
"..a very personal, compelling, and
technically flawless performance..."
American Record Guide
"Listening to 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..."
Publication Reviews [Bach]
"...a transcription that makes
history...since the time of Segovia's version of the Chaconne
(1934) there has not been, in the history of guitar
transcription, a more important event..."