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Masterclass: Jason Vieaux, guitar

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Sol Joseph Recital Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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PROGRAM

Johann Sebastian Bach: Lute Suite in C Minor, BWV 997
     I. Preludio
Li Wang, guitar

Joaquín Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
     
I. Allegro con spirito
Gabe Balogh, guitar

This masterclass is presented in partnership with San Francisco Performances.

About Jason Vieaux

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 multiple appearances for San Francisco Performances, Caramoor Festival, Ravinia Festival, PCMS, 92nd Street Y, Domaine-Forget, and many others, have helped to cement his reputation as one of the world’s leading guitarists. Other overseas performance venues include Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Seoul Arts Center, Shanghai Concert Hall, Sala Sao Paolo, and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Jason Vieaux has performed as soloist with over 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Toronto, Houston, Nashville, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, working with renowned conductors such as Giancarlo Guererro, Jahja Ling, Gerard Schwarz, and Michael Stern. 

Vieaux has a strong presence on radio and streaming services. In 2022, his long-awaited Bach Volume 2: Works for Violin was released in April on Azica Records to critical acclaim. Shining Night a CD from Avie Records featuring his duo with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, was released in May.  His Sony Classical recording of Michael Fine’s “Concierto del Luna” for flute and guitar (with flutist Alexa Still) is yet another Spring release. Vieaux recently recorded Pat Metheny’s “Four Paths of Light”, a solo work dedicated to him by Pat for Metheny’s 2021 album Road To The Sun.

Jason’s passion for new music has also fostered premieres from Jeff Beal, Avner Dorman, Vivian Fung, Pierre Jalbert, Jonathan Leshnoff, David Ludwig, Mark Mancina, Dan Visconti, and many more. Of his Grammy-winning 2014 solo album Play, The Huffington Post declared that Play is “part of the revitalized interest in the classical guitar.” 

Vieaux’s multiple appearances over the years with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, Eastern Music Festival, PCMS, etc., have forged his reputation as an in-demand chamber musician. Regular collaborators include the Escher String Quartet, Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, Grammy-winning 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 (with David Starobin), and has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music for 25 years. Jason’s online Guitar School for Artistworks Inc. has hundreds of subscribers from all over the world. He plays a guitar by Gernot Wagner, 2013, made in Frankfurt.

About SFCM’s Guitar Department

Study classical guitar in the heart of one of the country’s most active guitar scenes. SFCM produces some of the most successful and influential classical guitarists in the world. Spearheaded by renowned faculty and complemented by visiting artists such as Sérgio Assad, the department honors the tradition of the classical guitar while cultivating innovation. The Harris Guitar Collection, owned by SFCM, gives students a chance to see—and play—some of the most extraordinary guitars of the last two centuries.

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