From NAXOS: “Grammy-winning Guitarist Jason Vieaux”

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Jason Performs Jonathan Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto with the Nashville Symphony and
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Two performances to be recorded live for Naxos Records

Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8pm
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8pm
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
1 Symphony Place | Nashville, TN

Tickets starting at $26 available at http://www.nashvillesymphony.org or 615.687.6400

“perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” – NPR

http://www.jasonvieaux.com

Grammy-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux will perform Jonathan Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto with the Nashville Symphony under the direction of Giancarlo Guerrero in two performances on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8pm and Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8pm at Schermerhorn Symphony Center (1 Symphony Place). The program also features Latin-inspired works including Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole and Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes, plus Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin. Vieaux’s performances of Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto will be recorded live for 2019 release on Naxos Records.

Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto is a virtuoso display that draws on both classical Spanish and Brazilian guitar traditions and the composer’s own Jewish spirituality. Leshnoff admits, “I don’t play the guitar myself, and it’s notoriously difficult, almost impossible, to write for the instrument unless you play it.” When taking on the challenge to compose this concerto, Leshnoff immersed himself in studying the literature – above all the concertos of Heitor Villa-Lobos and the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo.

The spiritual aspect is particularly evident in the second movement, which relies on a metaphorical connection between the music and a concept from Jewish thought symbolized by the sixth letter in the Hebrew alphabet, Vav (ו), which is associated with the Hebrew word ‘hod’ and the related concepts of humility and appreciation. “These Hebrew letters are coming more often in what I do,” says Leshnoff. “It is very important to the work, and to me.”

Of the piece, Vieaux says, “I am very pleased to have encountered this very challenging piece of music. It is quite beautiful, and is even helping to develop some new wrinkles in my chops along the way! I am confident that this will be a major addition to the guitar concerto repertoire.” Leshnoff echoes, “I am thrilled to have such a fine artist as Jason Vieaux sharing my dear Guitar Concerto with the Nashville community. This is a work that I put a lot of my soul into, and I know Jason has the technique and musicality to pull it off beautifully.”

Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto was commissioned and premiered in January 2014 by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with guitarist Manuel Barrueco and co-commissioned by the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, the Nashville Symphony and the Reno Philharmonic.

About Jason Vieaux:
Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.

Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Recent highlights include performances at Caramoor Festival as Artist-in-Residence, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s 92Y, and Ravinia Festival. He collaborates in recitals this season with Escher Quartet; Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke; violinists Anne Akiko Meyers, Kristin Lee, and Tessa Lark; acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis; and will tour the US with accordion/bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro. Vieaux’s passion for new music has fostered premieres of works by Avner Dorman, Dan Visconti, Vivian Fung, Keith Fitch, Kinan Abou-Afach, David Ludwig, Jerod Tate, Eric Sessler, José Luis Merlin, Jeff Beal, Gary Schocker, and more. He has performed as concerto soloist with over 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Houston, Toronto, San Diego, Fort Worth, Buffalo, Arkansas, Edmonton, Illinois, Richmond, Fort Wayne, IRIS Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Vieaux continues to bring important repertoire alive in the recording studio as well. Vieaux has upcoming releases on Azica, BIS, and Naxos, and recent recordings include Infusion (Azica) with accordionist/bandoneonist Julien Labro; Ginastera’s Guitar Sonata, which is featured on Ginastera: One Hundred (Oberlin Music) produced by harpist Yolanda Kondonassis; and Together (Azica), a duo album with Kondonassis. In addition to his Grammy-winning 2015 solo release Play, his previous albums include a recording of Astor Piazzolla’s music with Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, Bach: Works for Lute, Vol. 1, Images of Metheny, and Sevilla: The Music of Isaac Albeniz. Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s popular Tiny Desk series.

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 in 2015 was invited to inaugurate the guitar program at the Eastern Music Festival. Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001.

Vieaux is affiliated with Philadelphia’s Astral Artists. In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, the event’s youngest winner ever. He is also honored with a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant.

Jason Vieaux is represented by Jonathan Wentworth Associates, Ltd and plays a 2013 Gernot Wagner guitar with Augustine strings.

For more information, visit http://www.jasonvieaux.com.

Naxos Records is the world’s leading classical music label as measured by the number of new recordings it releases and the depth and breadth of its catalogue. Naxos was founded in 1987 by Klaus Heymann, a German-born entrepreneur based in Hong Kong. Under his continuing stewardship, Naxos has developed from being known primarily as a budget label focusing on standard repertoire into a global music group comprising a raft of downloading and streaming platforms, a significant catalogue of multimedia products, a vast international logistics network, a recording engineering arm, a publications division, and a licensing department.

Naxos, the record label, has transformed into a virtual encyclopaedia of classical music with a catalogue of unparalleled depth and breadth. Innovative strategies for recording exciting new repertoire with exceptional talent have enabled Naxos Records to develop one of the largest and fastest-growing catalogues of unduplicated repertoire. Some 9,000 titles are currently available at affordable prices, recorded in state-of- the-art sound, both in hard format and on digital platforms. Naxos works with artists of the highest calibre and its recordings have been recognised with numerous Grammy® awards, Penguin Guide 3-star recommendations, Gramophone Editor’s Choice Awards and many other international honours.

Naxos still stays true to its original promise of offering great value. Costs are kept to a minimum by focusing on the music rather than the artist; money is not wasted on expensive artist promotions, and profits are invested into recordings of new music rather than multiple versions of standard repertoire already in the catalogue. Naxos recordings include complete cycles or cycles-in- progress of basic repertoire, such as the complete piano works of Liszt or the complete string quartets of Haydn, but the label has also introduced music lovers to many neglected composers, such as Joachim Raff, Ferdinand Ries and Simon Mayr. It has also helped to put contemporary composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, John Corigliano and William Bolcom in reach of a much wider audience. Additionally the label continues to add to the numerous world première recordings it already has to its credit.

Naxos Records also has gained stature by pioneering groundbreaking projects like the American Classics series. Currently numbering about 200 titles, the series is set to be the most comprehensive recording project of American concert music ever attempted. Naxos is also leading the field with the landmark Naxos Historical Series. The releases in this massive restoration project are engineered by leading restoration engineers/artists. The series covers all genres of classical music as well as legends of jazz and pop music from the first half of the 20th century. Other notable Naxos series include Japanese Classics, Spanish Classics, Early Music, Organ Encyclopaedia, the Guitar Collection, and Opera Classics. The catalogue of Naxos World, a pioneering world music label, includes international music of many different cultures and genres, folk, pop and classical alike.

All this, together with the development of a range of apps and ebooks, demonstrates the Naxos commitment to providing the best possible access to recorded classical music in the world.

Naxos Records is part of the Naxos Music Group. For a comprehensive presentation of the group’s services and products, please visit http://www.naxosmusicgroup.com.

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