Shintaro Yana is from Japan. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance. While at UH-Manoa he has studied with Lisa Smith Salkever, and Peter Kun Frary. He has performed in master classes for notable classical guitarists Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Lorenzo Micheli, Andrew Zohn, Margarita Escarpa, and Benjamin Verdery from Yale, which he attend 4 times for his Guitar Master class in Maui. His teachers are Peter Kun Frary, Lisa Smith Salkever, David Grimes, and Bill Kanengiser. He is a founding member and committee of Orange County Guitar Orchestra. His speciality is music from classical and early romantic period.