Stevan Pasero was born in 1954 in San Francisco. He began playing guitar at the age of 10 and has since studied and collaborated with concert masters and teachers on his way to being a recognized guitar virtuoso. Starting out playing classical guitar, then eventually becoming interested in jazz and flamenco, Stevan attended San Francisco State University where he studied musical analysis, harmony and composition, which led to some post-graduate work in transcription. Mr. Pasero has since been featured on more than 17 recordings, has transcribed over 30 major symphonic works, produced approsimately 40 studio recordings for other artists, and composed well over 500 pieces.
Stevan's recordings feature a variety of acoustic guitar styles such as classical, flamenco, New Age jazz, Latin, Brazilian and original. For over ten years Pasero has been opening eyes and turning heads throughout the music community. His dazzling technique allows his repertoire to shine, yet doesn't get in the way of the tangible emotion that is the hallmark of his compositions.
In 1985 Pasero released his first recording, a transcription of Tchaikovsky's timeless ballet classic, The Nutcracker Suite. This debut release was very well received worldwide and enabled Pasero to have instant impact with listeners and critics. The following year Pasero completed Christmas Classics for Guitar, which was an immediate success, featuring transcriptions of Handel's "Messiah," Pachelbel's "Canon," Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," and Vivaldi's "Winter" and "Spring."
In 1987 Pasero launched his first annual title, Guitar Heartsongs, never to look back again. Highlighting transcriptions of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet, along with Mozart's Symphony No. 25, Scarlatti's Sonata in E minor and more, he revolutionized the guitar world with his noted contributions. In 1989 Pasero released Guitar Masterpieces, which is still regarded in some circles as one of the great classical guitar recordings of our time. His more recent works include Seasons, Songs for the Wild, ZBRA and A New World Christmas, incorporating classical and flamenco techniques with his original repertoire.