Stanley Yates

Stanley Yates in performance at the Charleston SC GFA, October 1999.

"The innovative design of the LoPrinzi Nova Futura has produced an instrument that achieves that elusive timbral combination of clarity and warmth. This is a quality which not only allows me to move easily amongst the lines and textures of the music I play, without any sacrifice of warmth of tone, but also enhances my projection in the concert hall. The response is very quick which, as well as contributing to overall projection, eases the articulation of fast passagework and ornamentation. In addition, I find the instrument very accomodating for the gymnastics of the left hand; not only in the higher positions (where access to the fingerboard is enhanced) but in the lower positions as well. The Nova Futura is a musical instument - in true sense of the term."

More about Dr. Stanley Yates:

Stanley Yates enjoys an unusually diverse and accomplished career as not only a virtuoso performer and recording artist, but also as a widely published arranger, scholar, and teacher. Praised by Classical Guitar (England) as "one of an elite breed of guitarists," the Fort Worth Star Telegram for the "transcendent quality of his interpretations," and Suonare (Italy) for his "musical instinct and brilliant technique," he has received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.

A past prize-winner in such prestigious performance competitions as the Myra Hess in London and the Guitar Foundation of America, he performs throughout the United States and Europe and is regularly invited to present concerts, masterclasses, and lectures at major guitar festivals, universities, and music schools. Recent appearances include the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto; the Royal Academy of Music, London; the Guitar Foundation of America International Festival, Charleston; the Lagonegro Contemporary Music Festival, Italy; the Festival of Great Britain; and others.

A dedicated interpreter of both 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, John Duarte, Angelo Gilardino and Atanas Ourkouzounov, 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. His recordings for Reference Recordings, Heartdance Music, and Aeolian Recordings include arrangements of the Six Bach Cello Suites and premiere recordings of major chamber works by John Rutter and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

His performance editions and arrangements of music by J. S. Bach, Stepan Rak, Isaac Albéniz, and others, are published in the Stanley Yates Series by Mel Bay Publications; the Italian music journal Suonare described his recent Bach edition as "a transcription that makes history." Stanley has also authored several important performance articles dealing with the music of Bach and Villa-Lobos, published in six languages in such international journals as Il Fronimo, Guitarre & Laute, Cahiers de la Guitarre, Gendai Guitar, 8 Sonoro, Soundboard, and Classical Guitar.

British-born, Stanley received Performer's Diplomas from Sandown College of Performing Arts, Liverpool (with the hghest pass in the history of he college) and Trinity College, London; and graduate degrees from the University of Liverpool 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). 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.


Upcoming performances this season include Lagonegro Contemporary Music Festival, Italy; Festival of Great Britain, and UK guitar societies; Texas guitar societies (Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Brownsville) and universities (University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, etc).

PUBLICATIONS (Stanley Yates Series, Mel Bay Publications):


J. S. Bach, 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites

Stepan Rak, Guitar Works (vol. 1)

Isaac Albeniz, 26 Pieces Arranged for Guitar


Ernest Shand, 22 Victorian Guitar Solos

Ernest Shand, Premier Concerto

Heitor Villa-Lobos, Valsa Concerto no. 2 (Editions Max Eschig)


Anthology of New Music for the Guitar (working title)


A Comprehensive Anthology of Classic-Romantic Guitar Sonatas (2 large volumes)

RECORDINGS (Heartdance Music, Nashville)


J. S. Bach, 6 Unacompanied Cello Suites (2 vols)

"Shadows" - music for baritone and guitar by Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco, John Rutter and Michael Fink

In Preparation:

Anthology of New Music for the Guitar (working title)

"Cantos de Espana" - music by Albeniz.

Stanley Yates, Ph.D., (

Coordinator of Guitar Studies

Austin Peay State University Department of Music

PO Box 4625

Clarksville TN 37043

(001) 931 221-7351

(001) 931 221-7529 (fax)

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