James Stroud

Classical Guitar Competition


presented by the

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®

and hosted by the

Cleveland Institute of Music

Jason Vieaux (USA)
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.” Jason’s recent debuts for Domaine-Forget and Wolf Trap festivals, frequent returns for Caramoor, Ravinia, PCMS and 92nd St Y, San Francisco Performances, etc., continue to showcase his artistic development and to expand his devoted audience. Jason Vieaux has performed as soloist with over 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Toronto, Houston, Nashville, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

In March 2021, Jason Vieaux premiered the recording of a new solo work, “Four Paths of Light,” composed for Jason by jazz legend Pat Metheny for his new album Road To The Sun. Jason’s dedication to new music has also fostered recent and future premieres from Jonathan Leshnoff (“Guitar Concerto”, Naxos 2019), Jeff Beal (“Six Sixteen”, BIS 2017), Avner Dorman, Vivian Fung, Mark Mancina, Dan Visconti, Pierre Jalbert and Sergio Assad. Slated for October 2021 release is a new solo Bach recording on Azica. Jason’s solo album PLAY won the 2015
Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo (album, Classical).

Vieaux’s multiple appearances over the years with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, Strings Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, etc., have helped forge his reputation as one of the top instrumentalists in classical music. Regular collaborators include the Escher String Quartet, Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, Grammy-nominated harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and accordion/bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro.

As a teacher, Vieaux co-founded the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2011, and has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music for 25 years. Jason’s online Guitar School for Artistworks has hundreds of subscribers from around the world.

Artist’s website: jasonvieaux.com