EMF Guitar Summit
Special Events Series
Julian Gray, guitar
Kami Rowan, guitar
Jason Vieaux, guitar
Kami Rowan, guitar
Lied Ohne Worte
Julian Gray, guitar
Jason Vieaux, guitar
Program To Be Announced
Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today's classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo and earned a place on NPR’s “50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far)” for Vieaux’s recording of “Zapateado.”
Vieaux has earned 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 returned to the Caramoor Festival as the 2017 Artist-in-Residence, a distinguished position which has been held by pianist Jonathan Biss, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and many other world-class musicians in recent years. Other recent and future highlights include returns to the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, New York's 92Y, Ravinia Festival, and performances at Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Seoul Arts Center, and Shanghai Concert Hall. Vieaux’s appearances for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Bard Music Festival, 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; Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke; violinists Anne Akiko Meyers, Kristin Lee, and Tessa Lark; acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis; and will tour the US with accordion/bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro in support of their duo album Infusion, which was recently released on Azica Records to critical acclaim by classical and jazz critics alike. Vieaux’s passion for new music has fostered premieres of works by Avner Dorman, Dan Visconti, Vivian Fung, Keith Fitch, Kinan Abou-Afach, David Ludwig, Jerod Tate, Eric Sessler, José Luis Merlin, Jeff Beal, Gary Schocker, and more.
Jason 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. Jason recently gave world premiere performances of Visconti’s “Living Language” Guitar Concerto with the California Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Reading Symphony. During the 2017-18 season, Jason Vieaux will be concerto soloist with Columbus Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, and New Mexico Philharmonic.
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. Of his Grammy-winning 2014 solo album 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 complete understanding of the material.”
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 (who after hearing this landmark recording declared: “I am flattered to be included in Jason's musical world”); 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, including such magazines as Acoustic Guitar, MUSO, Gramophone, and on NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence.” Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s popular “Tiny Desk” series, on which he made a rare repeat performance in 2015 with Yolanda Kondonassis.
In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides the 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.
Vieaux 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 Distinguished Alumni Award, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. In 1995, Vieaux was an Artistic Ambassador of the U.S. to Southeast Asia.
Jason Vieaux is represented by Jonathan Wentworth Associates, Ltd and plays a 2013 Gernot Wagner guitar with Augustine strings.
For more information, visit www.jasonvieaux.com.
Julian Gray is recognized as one of the outstanding guitarists on the current music scene, performing in recital and as a chamber musician and concerto soloist. He has appeared at many of the most prestigious guitar gatherings, including the Second American Guitar Congress and the Guitar Foundation of America Festival, as well as concert series and festivals in London, New York, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, and on tour throughout the United States and Canada. His recording of music for guitar and strings by Paganini with the Diaz Trio was hailed by Stradivarius magazine as the finest example of that genre on record and recordings with former duo partner Ronald Pearl, The Magic Circle , Baroque Inventions, Homages and Evocations and Scarlatti 15 for Dorian, have received enthusiastic accolades from critics and music lovers alike.
He is known for his active involvement in expanding the guitar literature, through transcriptions and by commissioning new music for guitar. Hailed by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as "America's best guitar duo", his duo with Ronald Pearl is the only guitar ensemble to receive a commissioning grant from Chamber Music America and an ASCAP citation for adventuresome programming. His latest publication is a series of transcriptions of music by Domenico Scarlatti for guitar duo by Mel Bay.
Julian Gray is a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award of the Johns Hopkins University. He is the Chair of the Guitar Department at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where he teaches guitar, guitar history and literature and coaches chamber music. His students and chamber ensembles are frequent top prize winners at major national and international solo guitar and ensemble competitions. Students from Mr. Gray's studio have received every performance and academic honor awarded by the Conservatory and the Johns Hopkins University offered to the Peabody students.
Mr. Gray has also recently joined the faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University where he is Distinguished Artist in Residence and Director of the Guitar Studies Program there. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Guitar Foundation of America.
Dr. Kami Rowan has taught at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC since 1993. Her success has resulted in a nationally recognized guitar program within a liberal arts context. Currently, Kami is Associate Professor of Music, and is Chair of the Music Department. Along with chairing the department, her duties at Guilford College include: directing the guitar program, teaching majors and ensemble, and teaching academic courses. The Guilford College Guitar Ensemble received 1st and 3rd prizes at the Brownsville Texas Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition in 2011. The ensemble has also performed in Virginia, Illinois, South Carolina, Georgia, Ireland, NYC, Philadelphia and Texas. Kami is also the faculty advisor for the Guilford College radio station, WQFS, which has been ranked 3rd in the nation among college stations.
Kami completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in performance at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University under the tutelage of Dr. Glenn Caluda. Dr. Rowan also studied with the renowned Aaron Shearer, at North Carolina School of the Arts, in Winston-Salem, NC, where she received her Bachelor of Music in performance. Kami received her NC-A Teaching Certificate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and taught full-time for the Guilford County public schools for six years. She was part of the team that designed and put into operation the Weaver High School for Performing & Visual Arts, an options high school in Guilford County. During that time, Kami created and implemented a complete guitar curriculum for the high school level.
Kami is currently the president of two non-profit musical organizations in the Greensboro area—Music for a Great Space, and thePiedmont Classic Guitar Society. These professional organizations provide the Piedmont community educational and quality performance opportunities under Kami’s leadership. Additionally, she has been a clinician and adjudicator for many guitar festivals and competitions on the east coast, including the Beatty Competition, Rantucci Guitar Competition, Appalachian State Festival & Competition, Music Academy of NC Festival & Competition, Loudoun County Schools All-County Guitar Festivals, and the Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities. Kami is also VP ofOutreach on the board of Directors of the Aaron Shearer Foundation—a non-profit organization working to preserve the work of the prestigious pedagogue Aaron Shearer. Most recently, Dr. Rowan has worked to create a new guitar program at the prestigious Eastern Music Festival where she is also a faculty member. She also teaches at the Shearer Summer Institute in Zion National Park. Kami also enjoys performing both solo and chamber music in a variety of settings.
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