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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)
top photo credit: gmdthree
"among the elite of today's classical guitarists"
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 recital, concerto, chamber
music, teaching and recording commitments is distinguished with return
engagements throughout the U.S. and abroad.
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 future highlights include returns to the Caramoor
Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and New York's 92nd Street Y.
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.
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.
continues to bring important repertoire alive in the recording studio as well.
His next album, PLAY, a selection of audience favorites celebrating
Vieaux’s 20 years of professional touring, will be released in January 2014 on
Azica Records. Among his previous eleven commercial albums is an Azica disc of
Astor Piazzolla’s music with Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra.
Bach: Works for Lute, Vol.1 hit No. 13 on Billboard’s Classical Chart after
its first week and received rave reviews by Gramophone, The Absolute Sound,
and Soundboard. Images of Metheny features 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.” Sevilla: The Music of
Isaac Albeniz made several Top Ten lists the year of its release. Vieaux's
albums and live performances are regularly heard on radio and internet around
the world, and his work is the subject of feature articles in print and online
around the world, including such magazines as Acoustic Guitar, MUSO,
Gramophone, and on NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence.”
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.
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.
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
* 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