Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 7:30pm
Herbst TheatreVenue Information
The Guitar Series is presented in association with the OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts
SCARLATTI: Sonata in A Major, K. 208 (arr. Brouwer)
GIULIANI: Variations on a Theme of Handel, Op. 107
BACH: Violin Sonata G minor, BWV 1001 (arr. Vieaux)
PAT METHENY: New suite written for Jason Vieaux
JOSÉ LUIS MERLÍN: Suite del Recuerdo
About This Performance
NPR has called him “perhaps the most precise and soulful guitarist of his generation.” Jason Vieaux premieres a new work written for him by American jazz icon Pat Metheny on a program encompassing baroque to contemporary.
Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Jason Vieaux has performed as soloist with over 100 orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. Additional recentand future highlights include performances at Caramoor Festival as Artist-in-Residence, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the National Gallery of Art, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York's 92Y, RaviniaFestival, and many other distinguished series. A first-rate chamber musician and programmer, he frequently collaborates with artists such as the Escher Quartet, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and accordion/bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro. His passion for new music has fostered premieres by Jonathan Leshnoff, Avner Dorman, Jeff Beal, Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Vivian Fung, José Luis Merlin, and more.
Vieaux’s latest CD release is a performance of Jeff Beal’s “Six Sixteen” Guitar Concerto with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (BIS). He has upcoming releases on Azica and Naxos, and recent recordings include Infusion (Azica) with accordionist/bandoneonist Julien Labro; Ginastera’s Guitar Sonata, which is featured on Ginastera; One Hundred (Oberlin Music) produced by harpist Yolanda Kondonassis; and Together (Azica), a duo album with Kondonassis. In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with Artist Works Inc., an interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music, and in 2015 was invited to inaugurate the guitar program at the Eastern Music Festival. Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001. He has received a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. His primary teachers were Jeremy Sparks and John Holmquist. Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk series. Jason Vieaux plays a 2013 Gernot Wagner guitar with Augustine strings.