Jason Vieaux, "among the elite of today's classical guitarists" (Gramophone), is the classical guitarist that goes beyond the classical. He 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. He has performed as concerto soloist with over 50 orchestras, including Cleveland, Houston, Toronto, and San Diego. Vieaux continues to bring important repertoire alive in the recording studio as well. He has released twelve commercial albums, which regularly broadcast around the world. In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an interface that provides 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. In 1992 he was the youngest ever winner of the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize. He is also honored with a Naumburg Foundation top prize and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant.

8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-10:00 Seminar
10:00-11:00 Performance Development Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Faculty Chamber Coaching
2:00-4:00 Practice/Lessons
4:00-5:00 Master Class
5:30-6:30 Dinner/Free Time
6:30-7:30 Guitar Orchestra Rehearsal
8:00 EMF Faculty Orchestra Concert

Guitar students attend numerous guitar concerts and recitals featuring guitar faculty and fellow program participants. They also have access to all of the Festival's acclaimed orchestra and chamber music performances.

Each week, guitar participants attend studio master classes led by guitar faculty. Several young artists will be invited to perform in master classes which are open to the public.

All participants rehearse and perform with the Festival Guitar Orchestra. In addition,guitarists work in chamber ensembles with other instrumentalists as well as guitar duos, trios and quartets.

The EMF Guitar Program will feature multiple classes and seminars focusing on a variety of topics such as performance development, fingerboard harmony and theory, technique, guitar literature and history, memorization techniques, transcriptions, career options as well as open discussions about classical guitar topics and trends.

The individualized instruction each participant receives from the guitar faculty is a core component of the program. Whether it be polishing works already in progress, improving technique or starting new repertoire, this one-on-one time with the teacher helps refine the guitarists playing skills.

JULY 14 – JULY 28, 2018

Open to classical guitarists ages 14 and up, EMF's guitar program offers in-depth summer study in an outstanding musical environment. Under the guidance of Join Jason Vieaux, Julian Gray and Kami Rowan, participants collaborate with other instrumentalists and delve into new territories of chamber music, pedagogy, technique, and performance.

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Collaborative pianists perform in master classes, studio classes, chamber music recitals, community outreach concerts, and reading sessions with EMF conducting scholars. Some participants rehearse and perform with the Young Artists orchestras under the baton of EMF’s resident conductors or other festival ensembles. In addition, program participants work with the concerto competition finalists to prepare for the competition's final round.

Collaborative piano students participate in ensembles. Students may be assigned to chamber music groups, orchestral parts and piano ensemble study, or they may be selected to accompany other instrumentalists in sonata or concerto literature. All assignments are made at the discretion of the piano faculty.

Chamber ensembles rehearse 3-4 times a week. Two of the weekly rehearsals are coached by EMF’s renowned artist faculty. Chamber ensembles are often invited to perform on the Young Artists Chamber Music Recital Series.