Jason Vieaux, guitar
Jason Vieaux, "among the elite of today's classical guitarists" (Gramophone), is the classical guitarist that goes beyond the classical. He has earned a reputation for putting his expressive gifts and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of concerto,
recital, chamber music, teaching and recording commitments is distinguished with return engagements throughout the U.S. and abroad.
An award-winning artist from an early age, Vieaux won a Grammy
Award in 2015 for his acclaimed cd, PLAY.
"You have to love a classical artist — any artist, for that matter — who
manages to reference Bach, German composer Hans Werner Henze and California
metalheads Deftones in the same sentence." Lexington Herald-Leader
A sought-after concerto soloist, Jason Vieaux enjoys high praise or his
performances the beloved Rodrigo 'Aranjuez' and a wide range of concerto
repertoire beyond it. During the 2016-2017 season, Jason appears as soloist
with more than a dozen symphony orchestras in works from Rodrigo, Ponce and
Vivaldi to those of Aaron Jay Kernis, Jeff Beal, and Dan Visconti -- whose new
guitar concerto was commissioned for Jason by a consortium of U.S. orchestras.
In 2017, Jason will record 'House of Cards' composer Jeff Beal's new concerto,
'Six Sixteen' with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.
Vieaux's solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America, as well as many of the important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Mexico. Recent and highlights include returns to the Caramoor
Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and New York's 92nd Street Y, as
well as appearances from Changsha to Cartagena, Buenos Aires and Seoul. Vieaux's appearances for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, Strings Music Festival, Grand Teton, and many others have forged his reputation as a first-rate chamber musician and programmer. He collaborates in recitals this season with Escher Quartet☨, acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis*, and accordion/bandoneón virtuoso Julien Labro. Vieaux's passion for new music has fostered premieres of works by Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Jerod Tate, Eric Sessler, José Luis Merlin and Gary Schocker.
Jason Vieaux has performed as concerto soloist with nearly 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Houston, Toronto, San Diego, Ft. Worth, Santa Fe, Charlotte, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Kitchener-Waterloo, Richmond, Edmonton, IRIS Chamber, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Chautauqua Festival, and New Hampshire Music Festival. Some of the conductors he has worked with include David Robertson, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Jahja Ling, Stefan Sanderling, Michael Stern, David Lockington, Steven Smith, and Edwin Outwater.
Vieaux continues to bring important repertoire alive in the recording studio as well.
Beyond his Grammy-winning album, PLAY, Jason has released an additional eleven commercial
CDs and including: Together with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis; Piazzolla with Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra;
Bach: Works for Lute, Vol.1; Sevilla: The Music of Isaac Albeniz, and Images of Metheny featuring music by American jazz legend Pat Metheny, who, after hearing this landmark recording, declared: "I am flattered to be included in Jason's musical world."
Soon to be released is a second CD with Julien Labro, and a disc with the
acclaimed Escher Quartet, with which Jason tours regularly.
In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at The Curtis Institute of Music, and he has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2001.
Vieaux is a member of the Advisory Board of the Guitar Foundation of America, and is affiliated with Philadelphia's Astral Artists. His primary teachers were Jeremy Sparks and John Holmquist. In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, the event's youngest winner ever. He is also honored with a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. In 1995, Vieaux was an Artistic Ambassador of the U.S. to Southeast Asia.
For more information, visit www.jasonvieaux.com; Jason is tweeting @JasonVieaux, and his Facebook fan page is www.facebook.com/jasonvieaux.
☨ The Escher Quartet appears by arrangement with Arts Management Group www.artsmg.com
* Yolanda Kondonassis appears by arrangement with Colbert Artists Management Inc., www.colbertartists.com.
"This terrific guitarist, a Philadelphia favorite, worked wonders with Rodrigo's
Concierto de Aranjuez: in place of flamenco-fied fire, he played with elegance
and fine-tuned precision. The fastest passages were distinct and clear; the
subtlety with which he varied dynamics and timing from note to note was a
marvel." Philadelphia Inquirer
"virtuosic, flamboyant, dashing and, sometimes ineffably lyrical."
New York Times
"the guitar line fizzed with energy...A more alert, precise reading can hardly
New York Classical Review [full
"[Vieaux] makes everything look and sound easy. An uncommonly relaxed figure
onstage, he seems immersed entirely in the moment. Every note comes out fully
formed, but nothing he does feels premeditated, and the music, just a little
understated, speaks eloquently for itself.
"...one of America's premier guitarists...Notes shone with different weights and hues; melodies were alive and recalled the nuanced beauty of light reflecting off a string of pearls...Vieaux's performance spun magic. Rarely has a single instrument so clearly painted such cinematic vistas and searching introspection."
"Vieaux gave the Prelude, Fugue and Allegro (BWV 998) a stately, sharply articulated and subtly driven reading, in which the closing Allegro gradually took on the exciting qualities of a perpetual-motion piece."
New York Times
"[a] spirited and expressive guitarist"
The New Yorker
"One of the things I love about Jason Vieaux's performance, which is the best
I've heard, is how he pulls out all the stops in this movement without any sense
of losing control. Comedy is famously hard, and it's hardest of all to pull off
in music. There's a lot of layers here: Vieaux carefully negotiates the complex
technical logistics while putting across Ginastera's take-off of Wagner's
not-as-subtle put-down of Sixtus Beckmesser. Vieaux makes the whole Sonata sound
completely organic, and this fine performance only emphasizes the importance of
this piece in the Classical Guitar literature." [CD Review- Ginastera: One
Music for Several Instruments
"The enormous range in the color and texture of his guitar sound reflected the
changing characteristics of the music. In the several substantial cadenzas his
playing was sometimes gentle and other times ferocious." [Aranjuez Concerto]
"a substantially gifted guitarist whose playing revealed equal portions of stylistic elegance and technical polish."
"Vieaux opened ears with his rhythmic clarity and remarkable left-hand facility....He made the single guitar seem like a body of instruments at work in music full of the emotion of loss."
The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Jason Vieaux [was] nimble-fingered in a Vivaldi Concerto that was remarkable for its variety of colors."
"Guitarist Vieaux excelled in its flamenco-style flourishes, ethereal high notes and spiraling passage work." [Villa-Lobos, San Diego Symphony]
San Diego Union Tribune
"Vieaux gave a cleanly played performance full of personality. This gentle concerto (it was a favorite of Mata's) gave the soloist plenty of opportunities to display his technical skill."
Fort-Worth Star Telegram/DFW.com
"His sense of colour, phrase shaping and beautifully expressive dynamics are remarkable. It is not easy, especially in a long fugue, to keep the listener with you...the playing displays consummate artistry"
"Vieaux showed why he is among the most talented guitarists of his generation, a player whose effortless technique and fluidity gave the concerto a singing voice."
"Allen Krantz's guitar concerto Songs of Innocence and Experience filtered Pacific Rim musics through Krantz's own American lens in a work so affable that with a charismatic interpreter like Jason Vieaux, it's bound to become standard guitar concerto repertoire."
"Jason Vieaux displayed dexterity in rapid passages, and a plaintive, singing tone during slower, more expressive moments." [Villa-Lobos, San Diego Symphony]
"Visconti’s piece begins with an expansive solo in which the guitar intones a
note-bending aria over droning string, in imitation of a sitar.... featured a
nimble solo turn by guitarist Jason Vieaux" [Visconti, California Symphony]
San Francisco Chronicle
"The first thing one notices is his consummate technique, with a virtually flawless left hand and an almost total absence of the glistening sound of sliding fingers during position change. The technique is so secure that after five minutes one forgets about it and pays attention to matters of interpretation."
"Vieaux lit into Jose Luis Merlin's "Suite del Recuerdo." His smooth phrasing and the dramatic pulsing swells he created on the low strings made this a tough act to follow."
The Washington Post
"...close to perfection...with a maturity, confidence, emotion and virtuosity which belie his youth..."
"Vieaux was first-class. One movement on Ponce's concierto del sur made me want to hear more of his work, such was the range of sounds he drew from his instrument."
New Zealand Herald
"Jason Vieaux has magic in his fingers... Vieaux gave an inspired and impeccably prepared recital before a large audience."
The Daily Gazette
"Vieaux shows why he flies above crowded field of classical guitarists"
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