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Celebrating 62 Years of Inspired Music Making!

June 24 – July 29, 2023

Jason Vieaux

Credit: Tyler Boye

Grammy-winner JASON VIEAUX, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is described by NPR as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation”. 

Vieaux’s multiple appearances for San Francisco Performances, Caramoor Festival, Ravinia Festival, PCMS, 92nd Street Y, Domaine-Forget, and many others, have helped to cement his reputation as one of the world’s leading guitarists. Other overseas performance venues include Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Seoul Arts Center, Shanghai Concert Hall, Sala Sao Paolo, and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Jason Vieaux has performed as soloist with over 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Toronto, Houston, Nashville, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, working with renowned conductors such as Giancarlo Guererro, Jahja Ling, Gerard Schwarz, and Michael Stern. 

Vieaux has a strong presence on radio and streaming services. In 2022, his long-awaited “Bach Volume 2: Works for Violin” was released in April on Azica Records to critical acclaim. “Shining Night”, a CD from Avie Records featuring his duo with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, was released in May.  His Sony Classical recording of Michael Fine’s “Concierto del Luna” for flute and guitar (with flutist Alexa Still) is yet another Spring release. Vieaux recently recorded Pat Metheny’s “Four Paths of Light”, a solo work dedicated to him by Pat for Metheny’s 2021 album “Road To The Sun”

Vieaux’s passion for new music has also fostered premieres from Jeff Beal, Avner Dorman, Vivian Fung, Pierre Jalbert, Jonathan Leshnoff, David Ludwig, Mark Mancina, Dan Visconti, and many more. Of his Grammy-winning 2014 solo album Play, The Huffington Post declared that Play is “part of the revitalized interest in the classical guitar.” 

Vieaux’s multiple appearances over the years with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, Eastern Music Festival, PCMS, etc., have forged his reputation as an in-demand chamber musician. Regular collaborators include the Escher String Quartet, Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, Grammy-winning harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and accordion/bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro. 

As a teacher, Vieaux co-founded the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2011 (with David Starobin), and has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music for 25 years. Vieaux’s online Guitar School for Artistworks Inc. has hundreds of subscribers from all over the world. He plays a guitar by Gernot Wagner, 2013, made in Frankfurt.

 

For more information, visit www.jasonvieaux.com.

 

Acclaim

“Vieaux … makes everything look and sound easy. An uncommonly relaxed figure onstage, he seems immersed entirely in the moment. Every note comes out fully formed, but nothing he does feels premeditated, and the music, just a little understated, speaks eloquently for itself.” – Washington Post

 

“Vieaux is a complete master of the guitar; it is simply a tool he uses to convey the essence of the music – flamboyant, introverted, festive, or gloomy – all played with complete authority” – Classical Voice North Carolina

 

“virtuosic, flamboyant, dashing and, sometimes ineffably lyrical.” – The New York Times

 

“…perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” – NPR

 

“…among the elite of today’s classical guitarists.” – Gramophone

 

“Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux’s new recording Play is part of the revitalized interest in the classical guitar.” – The Huffington Post

 

“This terrific guitarist, a Philadelphia favorite, worked wonders with Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez… he played with elegance and fine-tuned precision… a marvel.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

“…one of America’s premier guitarists… Vieaux’s performance spun magic. Rarely has a single instrument so clearly painted such cinematic vistas and searching introspection.” – Fort-Worth Star-Telegram

 

“a substantially gifted guitarist whose playing revealed equal portions of stylistic elegance and technical polish.” – The Baltimore Sun

 

“Vieaux showed why he is among the most talented guitarists of his generation, a player whose effortless technique and fluidity gave the concerto a singing voice.” – Tampa Tribune

 

“I have never heard anyone with Vieaux ’s subtlety. Vieaux ’s articulation is faultless and more importantly, it is endlessly varied. And he has a tremendous dynamic range. Just to hear him play something simple, like a scale, is a delight.”  – The Buffalo News

 

“Vieaux’s talent is so huge, and has been apparent for so long… He is still the most accomplished guitarist I have heard with my own ears, and that’s a list that starts with Segovia.” – Absolute Sound

 

“Well, if [Infusion] is not a huge hit for Jason Vieaux and company, I will be thoroughly shocked – because this disc is a boatload of fun, not to mention that the playing is spectacular from all involved.” – Soundboard Magazine

 

“there was something special about the way Vieaux handled the Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998 that I have difficulty articulating. It was more than just the natural smoothness and utterly rhythmic command with which he executed it; it was also the deep feeling he communicated with little vibrato touches throughout. He is a truly special player.” Classical Guitar Magazine

 

“Jason Vieaux and accordionist Julien Labro took the stage of the Herbst Theatre on October 20 for a spectacular demonstration of how many ways their two instruments could converse, conspire, and ultimately soar with one another…. with each selection showcasing the palpable delight each of them takes in playing as a duo.” San Francisco Classical Voice

 

“Vieaux proved to be an ideal soloist, playing fast music (especially in the Spanish-flavored finale) with dash and slow passages with warm feeling.” [Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto] – American Record Guide

 

“Vieaux and Cooke brought committed professionalism to each item on the menu…Vieaux was attentive to every change in mood and texture…Who needs a piano when a fine guitarist can do the job so eloquently?” – Cleveland Classical

 

“The highlight of the two concerts I attended was the return of guitarist Jason Vieaux…Vieaux is certainly one of the best classical guitarists before the public today. He is indeed a great artist on his instrument, playing with nuance, great confidence and musicality.” – Sarasota Observer

 

“While their combination of instruments [guitar and bandoneon] may seem to be a mismatch, for the past ten years the duo has proven that talented players with like-minded musical esthetics can yield amazing results.” – Cleveland Classical

 

“With an exquisitely hushed orchestra to back him, Vieaux played this intimate rhapsodic and intensely romantic three-movement work beautifully. His unamplified tone rang clearly through Dana Auditorium, and his impeccably clean technique elucidated this somewhat meandering piece. [Castelnuovo’s Guitar Concerto]” – Greensboro News & Review

 

“This was a show-stopping performance. Both Vieaux and Armstrong played this amazing and difficult piece from memory with passion, patience, introspection and extraversion. It was indeed a far-ranging conversation played by two virtuosi with gorgeous tone and expression on each instrument. [Astor Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango] – Greensboro News & Review

 

“Violist Chauncey Patterson and cellist Julian Schwarz joined Vieaux for a delightful performance…Vieaux’s crisp, clear articulation was deeply satisfying. [Terzetto concertante in D, Op. 68, MS 114]” – Classical Voice North Carolina

 

“this performance was brilliantly interpreted…The pure sound of Vieaux’s unamplified guitar was a constant pleasure…Vieaux and Armstrong were rewarded with a prolonged standing ovation. [Astor Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango]” – Classical Voice North Carolina

 

“Vieaux played Antônio Carlos Jobim’s A Felicidade, navigating the familiar melody with rich tone and musical sophistication. He’d toss off virtuoso runs with his signature ease, looking as if, in all the fun, he hadn’t noticed the flurry of notes issuing from the instrument in his hands.” – Strings Magazine

 

“By this point, the audience had grown accustomed to Vieaux’s flawless and seemingly effortless technique. That did not, however, make it any less extraordinary. [Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango]” – Strings Magazine

 

“Staring steadily at his left hand, Vieaux offered a flawless performance … His beat was remarkably steady, and his melodic flair engaging. [Jobim’s A Felicidade]” – San Francisco Classical Voice 

 

“Despite the fact that Vieaux probably performs the difficult concerto a dozen or more times a season, his performance was as fresh and briskly detailed as it was confidently and solidly rendered. [Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez]” – Arts Knoxville 

 

“The concerto is charming, lyrical and beautifully performed on this new Naxos release. [Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto]” – Gramophone

 

“A work of beauty and virtuosity, the lyrical writing and imitative exchanges between the guitar and orchestra are complimented with beautiful orchestration. Vieaux’s musical phrasing, articulation, and tone shine on this exquisite recording. [Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto]” – This is Classical Guitar

 

“The vibrant, three movement work proves no easy task for the performer but Vieaux’s clarity is exceptional considering Leshnoff has written many bright runs in the upper register and descending arpeggio passages.” – Music City Review

 

“a stunning virtuoso showcase for soloist Jason Vieaux. [Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto]”   WFMT

 

“A better classical guitarist than Grammy-winner Vieaux would be hard to find for the [Leshnoff] Guitar Concerto…” – Textura

 

“Guitarist Jason Vieaux excels with clean, clear lines” [Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto] – AllMusic

 

For more information, visit www.jasonvieaux.com