Jason Vieaux (born July 17, 1973, in Buffalo, New York) is an American virtuoso classical guitarist. He began his musical training in Buffalo, New York at the age of eight, after which he continued his studies in the Cleveland Institute of Music. NPR describes him as, "perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation," and Gramophone magazine puts him "among the elite of today's classical guitarists." His album Play won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. In June 2014, NPR named "Zapateado" from the album as one of its "50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far)."
Jason Vieaux has performed as concerto soloist with nearly 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Houston, Toronto, San Diego, Ft. Worth, Santa Fe, Charlotte, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Kitchener-Waterloo, Richmond, Edmonton, IRIS Chamber, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Chautauqua Festival, and New Hampshire Music Festival. Some of the conductors he has worked with David Lockington, David Robertson, Edwin Outwater, Jahja Ling, Michael Stern, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Stefan Sanderling, and Steven Smith.
Recent and future highlights include returns to the Caramoor Summer Music Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and New York's 92nd Street Y, as well as performances at Argentina's Teatro Colon and Oslo, Norway's Classical Music Fest. Vieaux's appearances for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, [email protected], Strings Music Festival, Grand Teton, and many others have forged his reputation as a first-rate chamber musician and programmer. He collaborates in recitals this season with Escher String Quartet, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and accordion/bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro. Vieaux's passion for new music has fostered premieres of works by Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Jerod Tate, Eric Sessler, José Luis Merlin, Gary Schocker, Vivian Fung, and Keith Fitch.
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 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001. In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks, a technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world.
Awards and honors
In 1992, Vieaux was awarded the Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition First Prize, the event’s youngest winner. He is also honored with a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award, and a Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant. In 1995, Vieaux was an Arts Ambassador of the U.S. to Southeast Asia.
He followed this success with a 53-city recital tour of the United States and France. His debut album, released by Naxos Records in 1996, won the rosette in its rating in the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs.
Vieaux's solo album Play, released in January 2014 by Azica Records, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.
- Jason Vieaux, Guitar, a selection of works composed by Morel, Brouwer, Regondi, Bach, Ponce (1993)
- Laureate Series Guitar Recital (Naxos, 1996)
- Sor – Guitar Music, a selection of works composed by Fernando Sor (Naxos, 1998)
- Ponce: Guitar Sonatas (Azica, 2002)
- Sevilla, a selection of works composed by Isaac Albéniz (Azica, 2004)
- Images of Metheny, a selection of works composed by Pat Metheny (Azica, 2005)
- Bach Vol. 1, Works for Lute, a selection of works composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (Azica, 2009)
- Play, a selection of Spanish, Mexican, South American, Cuban, French, and American solo classical guitar classics (Azica, 2014)
- Dream Travels, with flutist Gary Schocker (Azica, 2002)
- Arioso, with flutist Gary Schocker (Azica, 2004)
- Song of Brazil, with cellist Young-Hoon Song (Stomp/EMI, 2007)
- The Music of Astor Piazzolla, with bandoneonist Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra (Azica, 2011)
- Together, with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis (Azica, 2015)
- Martha Aarons – "History of the Tango" on "L'Histoire du Tango" by Ástor Piazzolla (Azica, 2003)