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Jason Vieaux Launches the Classical Guitar School from ArtistWorks

The Jason Vieaux Guitar School includes lessons covering fundamentals through advanced techniques.

New York, NY (June 1, 2012) – Jason Vieaux launches the Jason Vieaux Classical Guitar School from ArtistWorks. This revolutionary online school, the first of its kind for classical guitar, gives students of any age, ability, or location an unprecedented level of access to studies with Vieaux through ArtistWorks’ Video Exchange accelerated learning platform.

The Jason Vieaux Guitar School includes lessons covering fundamentals through advanced techniques. Each video lesson is offered with multiple angles and in slow motion for optimal learning. In addition, students may submit videos of their own playing, which Vieaux responds to with personalized feedback via video. Other students benefit from viewing these interactions, creating an ever-evolving curriculum in a virtual master class environment. Subscriptions are $90 for three months, $150 for six months, or $240 for 12 months.

Founded in 2008 by former AOL executive David Butler, Napa California-based music and technology company ArtistWorks offers interactive music lessons from master musicians in a variety of different styles including rock guitar, jazz/gypsy guitar, finger style solo guitar, rock guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, acoustic bass, harmonica, jazz/fusion drums, rock drums, DJ scratching, classical piano and banjo. ArtistWorks partners only with top-tier, virtuoso performers and features instructors including Tony Trischka, Bryan Sutton, Darol Anger, Martin Taylor, Andreas Oberg, Luis Conte, and more.

Guitarist Jason Vieaux is expanding the definition of what it means to be a classical guitarist and changing the face of guitar repertoire, building a devoted audience and fan base along the way. Vieaux is a musician noted for virtuosic and stirring performances, imaginative programming, and uncommon communicative gifts. His collaborations with flutist Gary Schocker, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and bandoneon/accordion virtuoso Julien Labro continue to display Vieaux’s broad range of musical interests. Recent career highlights include solo performances at Lincoln Center, Spivey Hall, the Chautauqua Festival, and a return to Music@Menlo.

In the fall of 2011, Jason Vieaux inaugurated The Curtis Institute of Music Guitar Department with guitarist David Starobin, and he has been Head of the Guitar Department of the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2001, a position he continues to hold. He is also affiliated with Philadelphia’s Astral Artists, with which he gives annual outreach concerts.

During the 2011-2012 season, Vieaux has made his debut at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performs at the Caramoor Festival, and has numerous return engagements, including appearances at the 92nd St. Y Guitar Marathon, the Peninsula Music Festival, the Maverick Series, Fontana Chamber Arts, the Elgin Symphony, and a Hartt School of Music residency. He toured the US extensively with The Curtis Institute of Music in spring 2012. This season, Vieaux performed concertos with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Richmond, Kitchener-Waterloo and Amarillo, featuring works by Rodrigo, Vivaldi, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Roberto Sierra. He has to date played concertos with more than 50 orchestras, working with conductors David Robertson, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Michael Stern, Jahja Ling, Stefan Sanderling, David Lockington, Andrew Constantine, and Alasdair Neale. His triumphant programs for Music@Menlo, the Strings Music Festival, the Grand Teton Festival and the Jupiter Chamber Players have forged his reputation as a first-rate chamber musician. Vieaux’s passion for new music has fostered premieres of works by Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate, Eric Sessler, José Luis Merlin and Gary Schocker.

Jason Vieaux has eleven commercially successful albums to his credit, with more to come through his contract with Azica Records. His latest album, a recording of Astor Piazzolla’s music with bandoneonist Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, was released in 2011, and a new solo disc will arrive in 2013. His Bach: Works for Lute, Vol.1 hit No. 13 on Billboard’s Classical Chart a week after its release, 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 recordings and live performances are regularly broadcast on radio and the internet, and he writes on various classical music topics for National Public Radio’s Deceptive Cadence blog series. His communicative gifts are the subject of feature articles in print and internet media outlets around the world every year, including magazines such as Acoustic Guitar, MUSO, and Gramophone.

Vieaux was the youngest First Prize winner in the history of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Competition. He is a Naumburg Foundation Competition top prizewinner, a Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award recipient, a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant winner, and a former NPR Young-Artist-in-Residence. In 1995, Vieaux was an Artistic Ambassador of the US to Southeast Asia, touring seven countries, and he now regularly concertizes abroad to Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. His primary teachers were Jeremy Sparks and John Holmquist.

Jason Vieaux’s Concert Schedule
Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 4pm
Classical Guitar Weekend
Cleveland Institute of Music’s Mixon Hall
11021 East Boulevard | Cleveland, OH

Friday, June 22, 2012 at 7:30pm
12th Annual New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes
Mannes College The New School For Music
150 West 85th Street | NYC

June 19-24, 2012
Jason Vieaux Guitar Workshop
Holy Cross Monastery | West Park, NY

Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 4:30pm
Caramoor International Music Festival
Sunken Garden | 149 Girdle Ridge Road | Katonah, NY

Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 7:30pm
Cooperstown Summer Music Festival
The Farmers’ Museum | 5775 State Highway 80 | Cooperstown, NY

Thursday, July 12 & Friday, July 13, 2012 at 8pm
New Hampshire Music Festival
The Silver Center of the Arts’ Hanaway Theater
17 High Street | Plymouth, NH

July 14-17, 2012
East Carolina University Guitar Festival
East Carolina University | Greenville, NC

Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 7:30pm
Sauble Beach Guitar Festival
Sauble Christian Fellowship Church
25 Southampton Parkway | Sauble Beach, ON Canada

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