(head, guitar department)
One of the “youngest stars of the guitar world” (New York Times, 2010), JASON VIEAUX enjoyed recent return engagements last season for Caramoor Festival, the 92st Y “Guitar Marathon”, Elgin Symphony and others. Numerous highlights for 2012-2013 include concertos with the symphonies of Toronto, Spokane, Augusta (GA) and Silicon Valley, a performance of the Lukas Foss Concerto at New Hampshire Music Festival, duo recitals with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and accordion/bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro, solo recitals in Austin, San Antonio, La Guitarra California Festival and Mannes School of Music, and another Curtis On Tour stretch of concerts in April, this time to South America. In May 2012, the Jason Vieaux Guitar Academy was launched in partnership with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides 1-on-1 online study exchange between Vieaux and guitar students around the world.
A new Azica Records CD of solo guitar encores is planned for a 2013 release. Among Vieaux’s 11 commercial CDs is an Azica disc of Astor Piazzolla’s music with bandoneonist Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra. Bach; Works for Lute, Vol.1 hit #13 on Billboard’s Classical Chart after its first week and received rave reviews by Gramophone, The Absolute Sound and Soundboard. Images of Metheny features 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." Sevilla: The Music of Isaac Albeniz made several Top Ten lists the year of its release. Vieaux's CDs and live performances are regularly on the radio and internet, and his work is the subject of feature articles in print and internet media outlets around the world every year, including magazines such as Acoustic Guitar, MUSO and Gramophone. He is a regular contributor to NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence”, a blog series on classical music.
Jason Vieaux has performed as concerto soloist with more than 70 different orchestras, and his solo recitals have been featured at every major guitar series in North America. Vieaux’s appearances for Music@Menlo, Strings Music Festival, Grand Teton Festival, Jupiter Chamber Players and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, have forged his reputation as a first-rate chamber musician and programmer. Vieaux’s passion for new music has fostered premiéres of works by Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Jerod Tate, Eric Sessler, José Luis Merlin and Gary Schocker.
In 2011, Jason Vieaux co-founded The Curtis Institute of Music Guitar Department with guitarist David Starobin, and heads the Guitar Department of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Jason Vieaux is also affiliated with Philadelphia’s Astral Artists, and gives outreach concerts for them. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA). Mr. Vieaux’s primary teachers were Jeremy Sparks and John Holmquist. He was the recipient of the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition 1st Prize in 1992 (the youngest in the prestigious event’s history), a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. In 1995, Vieaux was an Artistic Ambassador of the US to Southeast Asia, and he regularly concertizes abroad to Europe, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand.
Web site: jasonvieaux.com
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