About The Artist

By the time he was twelve years old Joseph Yashar began studying the classical guitar with his father, Jacob Yashar. An avid classical music fan and guitar aficionado, Jacob Yashar was a former student of the Spanish classical guitar pedagogue Sole. Sole was a former disciple of the great Spanish maestro Andres Segovia. In addition to being primarily self taught throughout his career as a classical guitarist, during the mid 1980s, Joseph Yashar took a number of private lessons with former Andres Segovia disciple Cornel Imry. While attending Orange Coast College he studied music theory with Dr. Edith Smith, was selected to take up private lessons with Professor Richard Glenn through a college scholarship fund and began performing professionally prior to graduating in 1987. In addition to having performed at hundreds of events and concerts since the early 1980s Joseph Yashar has also given recitals in numerous colleges and universities throughout Southern California. His performances have been broadcasted live from TV stations of California State University Dominguez Hills, KSCI and ITV. In October 2013 he opened for Pacific Symphony Orchestra at Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Selections from his first CD recording The Art Of Joseph Yashar are often aired on KUSC (91.5 FM) and KMZT (1260 AM) classical music radio stations.

As an ardent and passionate ambassador for great music Joseph Yashar continues to share the fine art of classical guitar performance with music lovers from around the world. His repertoire contains an international collection of masterpieces and transcriptions from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods, including his own original compositions and arrangements. Currently Joseph Yashar is working on his next recording project titled Virtuoso Encores. Set for release by summer of 2015 Virtuoso Encores will be available in both CD and DVD formats. Selected audio and video excerpts from Joseph Yashar’s first and upcoming recordings can be heard at his official website: