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"...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
"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
New York Times
"[a] spirited and
The New Yorker
"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
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
"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
[Villa-Lobos, San Diego Symphony]
"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
shows why he flies above crowded field of classical guitarists"
Escher Quartet & Jason Vieaux
Jason Vieaux website
Audio: WGBH with Julien Labro
Isaac Albeniz: Sevilla
Bach BWV 998 Prelude
Isaac Albéniz Asturias
Video: Bach Behind the Scenes
Tárrega Capricho Arabe
J.S. Bach BWV 995 Allemande
Brouwer El Decameron Negro
Agustin Barrios Julia Florida
with Julien Labro
Video: Tiny Desk Concert (NPR)
photo credit: Tyler Boye
"Vieaux is a guitar hero of a different kind....Vieaux has technique to
spare, but also brings to bear passion and flair. And he only has two hands,
though it frequently sounds like more”.
San Antonio Express, October 2011
Jason Vieaux, one of "the youngest stars of
the guitar world" (New York Times) is expanding the
definition of the classical guitarist and changing the face of guitar
programming, building a devoted audience and fan base along the way.
His reputation for putting his expressive gifts and virtuosity at the
service of the music produces an active schedule of solo, chamber and
concerto appearances around the US and abroad.
Jason’s current recital programming features sets of Spanish pieces from his
forthcoming CD, as well as works of J.S. Bach, Pat Metheny, Dan Visconti, and
Benjamin Britten (Nocturnal After John Dowland), in celebration of the
Centennial of Britten’s birth.
His current touring
season includes a return to New York to appear with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center,
a recital at the Caramoor Festival; concerto performances with the symphonies of
Houston, Richmond, Buffalo, Fort Wayne, Amarillo, Elgin and Santa Barbara, among others;
return engagements for the Peninsula Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music
Society, the guitar festivals of Hartford and Fort Worth, the Museum in St.
Petersburg; collaborative performances with the Escher String Quartet, with
harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and with flutist Gary Schocker; and national tours
with the elite Curtis on Tour program.
Vieaux's recent seasons have included New York engagements Lincoln Center
Series debut, as well as appearances in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, DC,
Toronto and Los Angeles. He performed the Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez with the
Charlotte Symphony, continuing his string of concerto performances that include
his premiere of the guitar concerto by renowned composer Jerod Impichchaachaha'
Tate (“Nitoshi Imali”). Other recent engagements include a Florida Orchestra
debut, a “Carte Blanche” Series spot on the Music@Menlo Festival, and solo
recitals in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, St. Louis, Dallas, Ft.
Worth, Las Vegas, Cincinnati and Cleveland.
Vieaux performs regularly as concerto soloist, working with such
conductors as Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Jahja Ling, Stefan Sanderling and
Alasdair Neale. He has toured Europe, Mexico, South America, Southeast
Asia, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand.
Vieaux's latest CD is an all-Piazzolla
recording with bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro and A Far Cry chamber orchestra.
Slated for release in October 2011, the Piazzolla CD follows his
Bach: Volume I
Works for Lute which hit #13 on the Billboard Classical Music Chart
the first week of its release. Also on the Azica label, Images of Metheny is a disc of
Vieaux's masterly re-creations of music by Pat Metheny, the American jazz guitarist/composer. Metheny,
after listening to this landmark recording, declared: "I am flattered to be
included in Jason's musical world”. Among his other CDs, Sevilla:
The Music of Isaac Albeniz, was rated one of the Top Ten Classical CDs
of 2003 by both The Philadelphia Inquirer and Cleveland’s Plain Dealer.
Current tour programs include e/Merge which celebrates the ways
music and ideas emerge from the work of past masters. Jason offers two
e/Merge solo programs for the coming season: a Greatest Hits of the
Guitar program to celebrate the release of his 2013 solo CD which features
favorites from Spain and Latin America, and Nocturnal, a program
celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Benjamin Britten and the 50th Anniversary
of “Nocturnal, Op. 70”. In addition, Jason's collaborative programs include
Viva Italia! a collaboration with the
Escher String Quartet
exploring the folk inflluence on composers from Boccherini to Bartok and
Piazzolla; and Dream Travels, with flutist
Gary Schocker is a
set of evocative program music inspired by legends, dreams, and memory.
Jason Vieaux began guitar studies at age eight with Jeremy Sparks in
Buffalo, and continued at The Cleveland Institute of Music with John
Holmquist. He is the youngest First Prize winner in the history of the
GFA International Guitar Competition, a Naumburg Foundation
prizewinner, and a recipient of The Cleveland Institute of Music's Alumni
A highly sought-after teacher who is head of the guitar department at the
Cleveland Institute of Music, Vieaux also serves on the faculty of The Curtis
Institute of Music. In 2011, Jason and fellow guitarist David Starobin launched
the new classical guitar
department for Curtis, its first new
program in two decades.
† The Escher Quartet appears by arrangement
with Arts Management Group
* Yolanda Kondonassis appears by arrangement with
Colbert Artists Management Inc.,
photo credit: Laura Watilo Blake
Yolanda Kondonassis, harp & Jason Vieaux, guitar
photo credit: Tyler Boye