Charlie Bisharat
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While you might not recognize the name, you would instantly identify the violin artistry of Charlie Bisharat. His work has graced the albums of such pop artists as Alanis Morissette, The Rolling Stones, Jane's Addiction, and Aerosmith, as well as albums by jazz and world music artists Strunz & Farah, Don Grusin, Oscar Castro-Neves, and Doc Severinsen. He has also been featured on soundtracks of Swordfish, Texas Rangers, and Steal Big Steal Little, and on-screen in Austin Powers Gold Member, The Drew Carey Show, and Friends.

A Grammy Award-winning performer, Bisharat has toured the world with jazz and new age groups as varied as Shadowfax, Kitaro, Yanni, and John Tesh. He has composed and produced tracks for album projects as well.

His range of styles has led him from pop to jazz to classical, where he is often heard subbing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. His wide array of skills is best exemplified on his own recording Along the Amazon, featuring some of jazz and pop's greatest artists. He also collaborated with the acclaimed Al-Andalus Ensemble on its 21 Strings CD.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Bisharat is a busy musician with television and feature film scores occupying a generous portion of his recording schedule. In addition, he has appeared as a guest speaker at the Henry Mancini Institute and often lends a hand with the Yamaha music education programs. He has written and recorded the jazz improvisational book and CD Beyond Classical Violin.