Young Artists Orchestra
Allegro con spirito
Jason Vieaux, guitar
The Sea and Sinbad's Ship (Largo e maestoso; Allegro non troppo)
The legend of the Kalendar Prince (Lento: Andantino: Allegro molto; Con moto)
The Young Prince and the Young Princess (Andantino quasi allegretto; Pochissimo piùmosso; Come prima; Pochissimo più animato)
Festival at Baghdad. The Sea. The Ship Breaks upon a Clifff Surmounted by a Bronze Horseman. (Allegro molto; Vivo; Allegro non troppo maestoso)
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.
One of Spain's most promising conductors, JOSÉ-LUIS NOVO is currently music director and conductor of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (MD) and the Binghamton Philharmonic (NY). Prior to these appointments, he served as assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under the direction of both music director emeritus Jesús López-Cobos and former music director Paavo Järvi, and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the late Erich Kunzel. He has been on the conducting faculty at the Eastern Music Festival since 1999, where he currently holds the position of Resident Conductor.
Some of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra's highlights during Maestro Novo's tenure include a 2006 debut concert appearance at the Music Center at Strathmore, a 2008 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, a national broadcast on NPR's Performance Today, a 2012 return appearance at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center with world-renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves for the ASO's 50th Anniversary Gala Concert, and the launching of the ASO's first commercial CD commemorating the 300th anniversary of the signing of Annapolis' Royal Charter. Additionally, the League of American Orchestras recognized the ASO's potential and selected it nationwide as one of only five participants in the Institutional Vision Leadership Initiative two-year seminar (2005-2007). The successful partnership between Mr. Novo and the ASO has received consistent critical acclaim: "Not only did he have an outstandingly clear view of Ravel's piece, but he was able to bring his musicians to the peak of instrumental execution as they kept up with his every nuance and inflection. The end result was one of the most extraordinary readings of Ravel's well-known piece that I have even encountered: fast without blurring instrumental lines; sinuous and alluring without distortion or over-statement; and just plain wonderful." The Capital Gazette. "Novo's feeling for Bartók's arch form unified it all and gave this performance a sweep and power that were truly memorable." The Washington Post. "...the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra unleashed a nasty, unremittingly exciting Shostakovich 10th that showed off the strengths of the ensemble that already has been reconfigured during Novo's brief tenure." The Baltimore Sun.
Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include debut appearances with the Rochester and Fresno Philharmonic Orchestras, return appearances with the Baltimore Symphony, Symphoria (former Syracuse Symphony), Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, and an impressive Kimmel Center debut in Philadelphia conducting the Curtis Institute Orchestra in a last minute replacement for an ailing Maestro Otto Werner Mueller. Prior guest conducting engagements have included, among others, appearances with the Symphony Silicon Valley, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Syracuse, Modesto, Tulsa, Windsor, Stamford, and Tallahassee Symphonies; the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra; the Cleveland and Abilene Philharmonics; the Tenerife, Principado de Asturias, and Castilla y León Symphony Orchestras; the City of Granada Orchestra; the Andrés Segovia Chamber Orchestra at the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Vallés Symphony Orchestra at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, and the Echternach Festival Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and on tour in Luxembourg and Germany.
While maintaining a relevant professional conducting career, Mr. Novo has also developed a reputation as a keen educator of young musicians. He has held the positions of music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Miami University Symphony Orchestra; associate conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra; and assistant conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain and the Yale Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has conducted many noteworthy college and youth orchestras such as the Curtis Institute Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the University of Maryland, Bard Conservatory and Ithaca College Symphony Orchestras, the National Youth Orchestra of Spain and the Portuguesa State Youth Orchestra of the Venezuelan El Sistema.
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