Acclaimed musician considered “one of the youngest stars of the guitar world”
(San Antonio)— The UTSA Department of Music welcomes internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Jason Vieaux for a concert performance at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 in the Arts Building Recital Hall on the UTSA Main Campus.
Vieaux began studying guitar at the age of eight in Buffalo and continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. At the age of 19 he recorded his first CD and two years later released his highly successful Laureate Series Guitar Recital on the Naxos label.
Noted for his engaging virtuosic live performances and imaginative programming, Vieaux has been featured at top venues around the world, performing both as a solo artist and with chamber orchestras.
Recent highlights include concerts at the Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and with the Auckland Philharmonia of New Zealand, Boston Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Florida Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony and Charlotte Symphony.
A concert favorite at international music festivals, Vieaux has established connections with his audiences and received return invitations to perform at music festivals in Toronto, Kalamazoo, Greenville and Chataqua.
Vieaux has recorded 10 CDs and has more to come under his multi-record deal with Azica Records. In 2003, His recording Sevilla: The Music of Isaac Albeniz was rated one of the “Top Ten Classical CDs Of The Year” by the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. His CD Bach; Works for Lute, Vol. 1 ranked #13 in the Billboard Classical Chart and received rave reviews by Gramophone Magazine and Absolute Sound. In 2005, renowned American Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny noted “I am flattered to be included in Jason’s musical world” following the release of his compilation CD “Images of Metheny.”
Vieaux is the youngest first prizewinner in the history of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Competition and he also took top honors at the Naumberg International Guitar Competiton. In 1995, Vieaux was recognized as an Artistic Ambassador of the United States to Southeast Asia. In 1998, the Cleveland Institute of Music awarded him with their Alumni Achievement Award.
Vieaux’s music and live performances have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.” He’s been praised as one of the “youngest stars of the guitar world” by the New York Times and Absolute Sound magazine named him “one of the leading guitarists of his generation.”
Currently, Vieaux serves as department head in the Cleveland Institute of Music Guitar
Department and is the youngest department head to serve at a prestigious conservatory.
General admission tickets are $20; $10 for seniors, military, and UTSA students with ID.
For more information, visit http://music.utsa.edu/index.php/calendar/event/guest-artist-series-jason-vieaux-guitar/