On January 22, 2018, we presented a special LIVE broadcast. Grammy-winning Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), played with award-winning violinist Kristin Lee in the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio.
They performed music of Piazzolla, Paganini, and Vivian Fung, and spoke with WRTI Classical Host Debra Lew Harder about their remarkable careers, which include deep collaborations with musicians outside the classical realm.
Their performance for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society on January 23rd was sold out—so we were doubly fortunate to be able to bring this dynamic to you live the day before their concert.
Jason Vieaux won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his most recent solo album, Play. He’s performed with over 100 orchestras and has premiered countless new works. His recordings frequently make their way onto WRTI’s Saturday Morning Classical Coffeehouse playlist, not only for their impeccable style and technique, but for their rich range of repertoire.
Jason co-founded the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2011, and has been head of the guitar department at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2001.
Kristin Lee is the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher career grant, and has appeared as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony. She studied with Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School, from which she earned a Master’s degree.
A member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Kristin is on the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queen’s College. She brings her adventurous vision for classical music into play as artistic director of Emerald City Music in Seattle.
Jason and Kristin are both graduates of Philadelphia-based Astral Artists.