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Jason Vieaux Guitar Master Class and Recital


On Thursday, Oct. 3, guitarist Jason Vieaux will lead a master class and perform a solo guest recital at Radford University’s Performance Hall in the Covington Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (E Main Street). The master class will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and feature Radford University guitar students.

At 7:30 p.m., Vieaux will perform a diverse program to include Mauro Giuliani’s “Grand Overture,” J.S. Bach’s “Lute Suite No. 1 in E Minor,” Benjamin Britten’s “Nocturnal After John Dowland,” Isaac Albéniz’s “Sevilla,” Duke Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood,” Dan Visconti’s “Devil’s Strum,” Paulo Bellinati’s “Jongo,” and Jose Luis Merlin’s “Suite del Recuerdo.”

This will be the Virginia premiere of Dan Visconti’s “Devil’s Strum,” which was written for Vieaux.

Of “Devil’s Strum,” Visconti states, “One of the defining myths surrounding American blues guitar playing is about a pact with the supernatural. In one such account, a man meets the Devil at the lonely crossroads in the dead of night, and strikes a bargain: in exchange for inhuman ability and charisma as a guitarist, the man need only sign over his eternal soul.”

There are several versions of this myth, but the pivotal moment involves the Devil tuning up the doomed man's guitar. At this moment the strings become awakened with unseen power and his fate is sealed.

“My new work for guitarist Jason Vieaux begins at just this moment – the moment of the Devil's long fingers strumming the jangly strings,” Visconti says.

Jason Vieaux, considered among the elite of today's classical guitarists by Gramophone, is the classical guitarist that goes beyond the classical. He has earned a reputation for putting his expressive gifts and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music.

Vieaux’s solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America, as well as many of the important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Mexico. Recent and future highlights include returns to the Caramoor Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and New York's 92nd Street Y. Vieaux’s appearances for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, 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 Quartet, acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and accordion/bandoneón 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 and Gary Schocker.

Vieaux has performed as concerto soloist with over 50 orchestras, including Cleveland, Houston, San Diego, Ft. Worth, Santa Fe, Charlotte, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Kitchener-Waterloo, Richmond, Toronto, Buffalo, Edmonton, IRIS Chamber, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Chautauqua Festival, and New Hampshire Music Festival.

Some of the conductors he has worked include David Robertson, Michael Stern, Jahja Ling, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Stefan Sanderling, David Lockington, Steven Smith, and Edwin Outwater.

Vieaux continues to bring important repertoire alive in the recording studio as well. His next album, “PLAY,” a selection of audience favorites celebrating Vieaux’s 20 years of professional touring, will be released in January 2014 on Azica Records.

Among his previous eleven commercial albums is an Azica disc of Astor Piazzolla’s music with Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra.

“Bach: Works for Lute, Vol.1” hit No. 13 on Billboard’s Classical Chart after its first week and received rave reviews by Gramophone, The Absolute Sound, and Soundboard.

“Images of Metheny” features music by American jazz legend Pat Metheny, who after hearing this landmark recording, declared: “I am flattered to be included in Jason's musical world.”

“Sevilla: The Music of Isaac Albeniz” made several Top Ten lists the year of its release. Vieaux's albums and live performances are regularly heard on radio and internet around the world, and his work is the subject of feature articles in print and online around the world, including such magazines as Acoustic Guitar, MUSO, Gramophone, and on NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence.”

In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological 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 he has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2001.

Vieaux is a member of the Advisory Board of the Guitar Foundation of America, and is affiliated with Philadelphia’s Astral Artists. His primary teachers were Jeremy Sparks and John Holmquist.

In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize. He became the event’s youngest winner ever. He is also honored with a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. In 1995, Vieaux was an Artistic Ambassador of the U.S. to Southeast Asia.

Both the masterclass and recital on Oct. 3 are free and open to the public. The events are sponsored by the CPC, Mu Phi Epsilon, and the Classical Guitar Society of Southwestern Virginia.

For more information on Jason Vieaux, visit www.jasonvieaux.com. To learn more about the music program at Radford University, visit www.radford.edu/music.


Sep 23, 2013
Christina Jensen PR

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