A well-known figure in the classical guitar world, Dr. Yates has been the subject
of interviews, reviews, and articles in numerous international guitar journals, magazines,
and newspapers; a prize-winner in national and international performance competitions;
and is a featured artist in the standard reference works dealing with the history
of the classical guitar and its major figures.
His performances have taken him throughout North America and Europe, as well as to
significant venues in South America, Asia, and Australia. He has been the dedicatee
of numerous new works for the guitar and the first modern performer of important rediscovered
solo guitar works, chamber works, and concertos.
In addition to his widely reviewed recordings, Dr. Yates is the featured guitarist
for the DVD film ‘Francisco Tarrega: His Life and Music’ and the featured guitarist
on the best-selling Mel Bay “New Modern Guitar Method” DVD.
His best-selling editions, transcriptions, and pedagogical works are published in
the Stanley Yates Series with Mel Bay Publications, Chanterelle Verlag / Schott &
Co, and his own imprint CGS.
His scholarly research articles have been published in seven languages.
He has been an advisory board member of the Guitar Foundation of America, an editorial
board member of the European Guitar Teachers Association, and guitar editor for the
American String Teachers Association.
He has conducted masterclasses, given 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, and many others.
Dr. Yates has been a recipient of APSU's Hawkins Award for Excellence in Scholarly
and Creative Achievement, the APSU Presidential nominee for the national 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 arts.’
From reviews of Dr. Yates’ work:
‘a master of the instrument…one of an elite breed of guitarists’ (Classical Guitar Magazine, England)
‘one of the premier exponents of twentieth-century music for the guitar’ (The Rosette, Los Angeles)
‘there has not been, in the history of guitar transcription, a more important event’ (Suonare, Italy)
‘one of the major pedagogues of our era’ (Soundboard Magazine, USA)