Charlie Bisharat
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While you might not recognize the name, you most likely would instantly identify the violin artistry of Charlie Bisharat. His work can be heard on the albums of such pop artists as Alanis Morissette, The Rolling Stones, Jane's Addiction, and Aerosmith, as well as on the albums of jazz and world music artists Strunz & Farah, Don Grusin, and Oscar Castro-Neves. He played on the soundtracks of Swordfish, Texas Rangers, and Steal Big Steal Little, and performed 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 recently performed in Costa Rica, Spain, Abu Dhabi, Jordan, Switzerland, and Brazil.

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. The wide array of his skills is best exemplified on his own recording Along the Amazon an all-star album featuring some of jazz and pop's greatest artists. His works for small ensembles range from the original opus Lying In Wait to string arrangements for rock guitarist Andy Summers of The Police.

Bisharat was born and raised in Los Angeles. In addition to keeping a busy recording schedule, he has appeared as a guest speaker at the Henry Mancini Institute, and often assists Yamaha Music Education programs, both in the United States and abroad. A published author as well, Bisharat has written and recorded a jazz improvisational book and CD, Beyond Classical Violin.