Grammy-winner JASON VIEAUX, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” (NPR), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. His latest solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Vieaux is a 2017 artist-in-residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Recital highlights include performances at Caramoor, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Ravinia, 92Y, Bard Music, Strings Music Festival and many others.
Vieaux has performed as concerto soloist with over 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Houston, Toronto, San Diego, Fort Worth, Buffalo, Arkansas, Edmonton, Illinois, IRIS Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Vieaux recently gave world premiere performances of Visconti’s Living Language Guitar Concerto with the California Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Reading Symphony. This season, Vieaux will be concerto soloist with Columbus Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and New Mexico Philharmonic.
He has received a Naumburg Foundation top prize, Cleveland Institute of Music Distinguished Alumni Achievement 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.
Vieaux has a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad. His solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America and at many of the important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.
Vieaux continues to bring important repertoire alive in the recording studio as well. Upcoming recording projects include a new album with Escher Quartet featuring Boccherini’s Guitar Quintet and Aaron Jay Kernis’ 100 Greatest Dance Hits (Azica), Jeff Beal’s Six Sixteen Guitar Concerto with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (BIS), and Jonathan Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto with the Nashville Symphony (Naxos).
Recent recordings include Infusion (Azica), a collaboration with bandoneonist Julien Labro featuring the duo’s original arrangements Leo Brouwer, Piazzolla, Radamés Gnattali, Pat Metheny, and Tears for Fears’ Everybody Wants to Rule the World; Ginastera’s Guitar Sonata, which is featured on Ginastera: One Hundred (Oberlin Music) produced by harpist Yolanda Kondonassis; and Together (Azica), a duo album with Kondonassis.
Vieaux’s previous albums include a recording of Astor Piazzolla’s music with Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra; Bach: Works for Lute, Vol. 1, which 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, featuring music by American jazz legend Pat Metheny; and Sevilla: The Music of Isaac Albeniz, which 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.
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 in 2015 was invited to inaugurate the guitar program at the Eastern Music Festival. Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001.