"....among the elite of today’s classical guitarists”
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.” Among his extensive discography is the 2015 Grammy Award winning album for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Play.
Recent performance highlights from 2019-2020 include debuts at the Domaine-Forget International Festival and Carmel Bach Festival, as well as returns to San Francisco Performances (part of an annual Artist Residency), Caramoor Festival (as Artist-in-Residence), Ravinia Festival, and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Other recent prominent venues include the National Gallery of Art, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York's 92Y, Wolf Trap, Curtis Presents, Seoul Arts Center, and Shanghai Concert Hall. Jason Vieaux has performed as concerto soloist with over 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Toronto, Houston, Nashville, San Diego, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Vieaux’s multiple appearances over the years with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, Strings Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, etc., have forged his reputation as a top-drawer chamber musician. Regular collaborators include the Escher String Quartet, Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, violinists Anne Akiko Meyers and Kristin Lee, 2x-Grammy-Nominated harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and accordion/bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro.
Jason Vieaux’s passion for new music has fostered premieres of works by Jonathan Leshnoff, Avner Dorman, Dan Visconti, Vivian Fung, David Ludwig, Jeff Beal, Mark Mancina, and many more. Recent commercial recordings include the 2019 premiere recording of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto with Nashville Symphony (Naxos), followed closely by the CD Dance with the Escher Quartet (Azica). Slated for imminent release is a new solo Bach recording on Azica. Of his Grammy-winning 2014 solo album Play, Soundboard Magazine wrote, “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 The Huffington Post declared that Play is “part of the revitalized interest in the classical guitar.” Vieaux’s groundbreaking solo CD of solo arrangements of music by Pat Metheny, Images of Metheny, is an influential record in both jazz and classical circles. Vieaux was the first classical musician guest on NPR’s popular “Tiny Desk” series, and he made a rare repeat performance in 2015 with Yolanda Kondonassis.
Since its launch in 2012, The Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar at ArtistWorks Inc., has provided tutorials and one-on-one study with Vieaux for hundreds of guitarists around the world. In 2011, Vieaux co-founded the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music, inaugurated the guitar program at the Eastern Music Festival in 2015, and has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997. Vieaux’s primary teachers were Jeremy Sparks and John Holmquist, and he plays a guitar by Gernot Wagner (2013).