James Stroud

Classical Guitar Competition

June 4 - 7, 2020

presented in cooperation with the

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®

and the

Cleveland Institute of Music

Jason Vieaux (USA) Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today's classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. Among his extensive discography is the 2015 Grammy Award winning album for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, "Play."

Vieaux has soloed with over one hundred orchestras and has fostered premieres by Jonathan Leshnoff, Avner Dorman, Jeff Beal, Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Vivian Fung, and José Luis Merlin. Performance highlights include the Caramoor Festival as Artist-in-Residence, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York's 92Y, and Ravinia Festival. Frequent chamber music collaborators include Escher Quartet, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, accordion/bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro, and violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. Vieaux’s latest CD release is a performance of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (Naxos) and he has two upcoming albums on Azica. Recent recordings include a performance of Jeff Beal’s Six Sixteen Guitar Concerto (BIS); "Infusion" (Azica) with Labro; Ginastera’s Guitar Sonata, on "Ginastera: One Hundred" (Oberlin Music); and "Together" (Azica) 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. Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music. 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. 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.

Artist’s website: jasonvieaux.com