A well-known figure in the classical guitar world, Dr. Yates has been the subject
of interviews, reviews and articles in numerous international guitar magazines and
is a featured artist in the reference works 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 several international guitar competitions, his performances
as recitalist and concerto soloist have taken him to numerous North American and European
cities and festivals as well as to South America, Asia, and Australia. He has been
the dedicatee of numerous new works written for the guitar and the first modern performer
of important re-discovered solo works and concertos from the past.
In addition to chamber music and didactic recordings, he is the featured guitarist
for the DVD film Francisco Tarrega: His Life and Music and the featured performer
on the best-selling Mel Bay New Modern Guitar Method DVD. His widely reviewed Bach
recording has been described as 'a major landmark' (Classical Guitar Magazine, England).
His numerous editions, transcriptions, and pedagogical works are published in the
Stanley Yates Series by Mel Bay Publications, Chanterelle Verlag (Heidelberg) and
his own imprint CGS; his scholarly articles dealing with a wide range of guitar-related
topics have been widely published in several languages.
Described as 'one of the leading pedagogues of our era' (Soundboard Magazine), he
has been an advisory board member of the Guitar Foundation of America and an editorial
board member of the European Guitar Teachers' Association and has conducted masterclasses,
presented lectures, and held residencies at numerous national and international festivals,
colleges, universities, and conservatories, including the Guitar Foundation of America,
the Royal Academy of Music (London), the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), the
Manhattan School of Music, the Honk Kong Academy of Performing Arts, among many others.
He has been a recipient of APSU's Hawkins Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative
Achievement, an APSU Presidential nominee for the Robert Cherry Outstanding Teaching
Award, and a recipient of the Bergen College Distinguished Artist Award 'for outstanding
contributions of artistry, dedication and service to the world through the performing