Jason Vieaux, guitar
"...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
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 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.
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. His latest album, PLAY, a selection of audience favorites celebrating Vieaux's 20 years of professional touring, was be released in 2014 on Azica Records.
Of PLAY, Soundboard Magazine writes, "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," while Premier Guitar claims, "You'd be hard pressed to find versions performed with more confidence, better tone, and a more complete understanding of the material." 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.
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.
New York Times
"...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
"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]
"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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