Jason Vieaux

We rarely invite Tiny Desk alumni back to the confines of Bob Boilen's work space, but we couldn't resist this time. Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux have both given solo Tiny Desk performances. Since then they've paired up for concerts and a new album of works composed especially for their combination of instruments.

He won the 2015 GRAMMY for "Best Classical Instrumental Solo" for his album, Play, and he collaborates with musicians in a wide variety of styles. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on classical guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux.

Radio script:

Susan Lewis: Jason Vieaux’s Grammy-winning album, Play, showcases his solo work with music from Europe, Africa, Cuba, South America and Mexico – as well as his own arrangement of a Duke Ellington tune.

Those of a certain age remember the old Certs breath mint commercial, "It's TWO, TWO, TWO mints in one!"  This week on Crossover, it's TWO, TWO, TWO great musicians in one! Grammy-nominated harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux are duet partners on their new CD, Together

A harp and a guitar - two plucked instruments played "together" by their virtuoso owners? This is quite a unique duo of instruments that wouldn't normally share the stage. But...maybe it's time they did!

Virtuoso classical guitarist Jason Vieaux tends to go anywhere his mind can take him. From J.S. Bach to Issac Albeniz, to David Ludwig to Astor Piazaolla, to Pat Metheny to Duke Ellington, it's hard to pin Jason Vieaux down. But, perhaps, that's his plan.

John Corigliano's Troubadors, Variations for Guitar and Orchestra, opens our broadcast of Symphony in C Sunday, at 3 pm.  Philip Mann guest conducts, and acclaimed guitarist Jason Vieaux plays this 1993 work by Corigliano, which the composer describes as a "lyrical" concerto.  The concert concludes with one of Tchaikovsky's best known symphonies, the No. 5 in E minor.  Sunday, March 16, 3 to 5 pm on WRTI.

Jason Vieaux performing in 2010:

Tyler Boyle

Guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux joins WRTI's Jill Pasternak as he performs "My Funny Valentine" live in the WRTI studio, and discusses his new CD, The Music of Astor Piazzolla. Mr. Vieaux co-founded The Curtis Institute of Music Guitar Department in 2011.

More about Jason Vieaux

Originally aired February 18, 2012.

Jason Vieaux is one of today's most acclaimed and inventive classical guitarists. A top-prize winner in the 1996 Naumburg International Competition, Vieaux was also a 1995 artistic ambassador for the U.S. to Southeast Asia. Hear selections from his latest release Images of Metheny. Originally aired on April 8, 2006.

Resources:

Jason Vieaux, guitar

Aug 19, 2006

NOTE: This show originally aired on April 8, 2006.

This week, a visit from one of today's most exciting new artists-guitarist Jason Vieaux. A 1992 winner of the Guitar Foundation of America's international competition, and a top prize winner in the 1996 Naumburg competition, Vieaux was honored as an artistic ambassador for the US to Southeast Asia in 1995. He was also an NPR "Young Artist-in-Residence" for 2002. He currently holds the position of chair of the guitar department at the Cleveland Institute, and continues to perform with orchestras world-wide to critical acclaim.