Jason Vieaux, guitar
"If you ever want to give a friend a disc that will cement his or her love for the guitar, this is a perfect candidate" - Soundboard Magazine
PLAY is "part of the revitalized interest in the classical guitar" -- Huffington Post
"...perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation." -- NPR
"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 will appear 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 Jason will premiere with the California Symphony in May 2016 and tour throughout the next season. [reviews here]
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 over 50 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. Discography.
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.
"virtuosic, flamboyant, dashing and, sometimes ineffably lyrical."
WHYY Articulate interview/performance
WHYY Articulate, Duke Ellington: In a Sentimental Mood
Isaac Albéniz: Sevilla
J.S. Bach BWV 998 Prelude
Isaac Albéniz Asturias
Bach Behind the Scenes
Tárrega Capricho Arabe
J.S. Bach BWV 995 Allemande
Brouwer El Decameron Negro
Agustin Barrios Julia Florida
WGBH with Julien Labro
Tiny Desk Concert (NPR)
Visconti: Devil's Strum on WNYC Soundcheck
WRTI Jason Vieaux on Crossover
WGBH with Julien Labro
Chamber Music Programs
Escher Quartet & Jason Vieaux
Yolanda Kondonassis & Jason Vieaux