Jason Vieaux Returning to Portland! October 02 2014
Considered “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), Vieaux is a past winner of the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition (he was the competition’s youngest winner ever), and in the twenty years since has become internationally renowned for putting his expressive virtuosity at the service of a wide range of music. His mesmerizing solo recitals have been featured in every major guitar series in North America, and many in Asia, Australia, and Europe as well. He has performed as a concerto soloist with over 50 orchestras, and under the baton of such esteemed conductors as David Robertson, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Jahja Ling, Stefan Sanderling, Michael Stern, David Lockington, Steven Smith, and Edwin Outwater. He has collaborated with many brilliant peers, including the Escher Quartet, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and accordion/bandoneón virtuoso Julien Labro. And his passion for new music has led him to premiere works by important contemporary composers like Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Jerod Tate, Eric Sessler, José Luis Merlin, and Gary Schocker.
Vieaux’s extensive discography demonstrates that in addition to his impressive accomplishments as a live performer, he consistently brings diverse and challenging repertoire alive in the recording studio as well. His most recent album, PLAY, a selection of audience favorites culled from two decades of professional touring, was released in January 2014 on Azica Records. Among his best known CDs is a recording of Astor Piazzolla’s music, performed with Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra. Vieaux’s Bach: Works for Lute, Vol.1 hit number 13 on Billboard’s Classical Chart after its first week, and received rave reviews by Gramophone, The Absolute Sound, and Soundboard. Images of Metheny is a landmark recording featuring music by American jazz legend Pat Metheny, who, after hearing it, 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. These and others of Vieaux’s recordings are regularly heard on radio around the world, and have been highly praised in such magazines as Acoustic Guitar, MUSO, Gramophone, and on NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence.”
In addition, Vieaux is also a popular and esteemed educator—the master class he is giving on the morning of the PCG concert should not be missed by any serious student of the guitar. Vieaux has been teaching at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2001, and co-founded the guitar department at The Curtis Institute of Music. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Guitar Foundation of America, and has been honored with 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 U.S. Artistic Ambassador to Southeast Asia.