Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today's classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. Among his extensive discography is the 2015 Grammy Award-winning album for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Play.
Vieaux has soloed with over 100 orchestras and has fostered premieres by Jonathan Leshnoff, Avner Dorman, Jeff Beal, Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Vivian Fung, and José Luis Merlin. Performance highlights include the Caramoor Festival as Artist-in-Residence, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York's 92Y, and Ravinia Festival. Frequent chamber music collaborators include Escher Quartet, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and accordion/bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro. In 2019, Vieaux will release new albums on Azica and Naxos, and recent recordings include a performance of Jeff Beal’s “Six Sixteen” Guitar Concerto (BIS); Infusion (Azica) with Labro; Ginastera’s Guitar Sonata, on Ginastera: One Hundred (Oberlin Music); and Together (Azica) with Kondonassis.
In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001. He has received a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series. Jason Vieaux plays a 2013 Gernot Wagner guitar with Augustine strings.
“[...]virtuosic, flamboyant, dashing and, sometimes ineffably lyrical.” —The New York Times
“A substantially gifted guitarist whose playing revealed equal portions of stylistic elegance and technical polish.” —The Baltimore Sun
The Classical Convergence Series is presented by The Lincoln Center and Colorado State University School of Music, Theatre and Dance.
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