Jason Vieaux, the virtuoso classical guitarist from Depew, won a Grammy Award for his solo album “Play.”
Vieaux, head of the guitar department of the Cleveland Institute of Music, won the category of Best Classical Instrumental Solo.
“Play,” which The Buffalo News praised when it was released, marked the 41-year-old Vieaux’s 20th year as a performer. Vieaux filled the disc with audience favorites from Spain, Mexico, South America, Cuba and France. He also played his own arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood” and Andrew York’s popular “Sunburst.” He recorded “Play” in Cleveland’s Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus,
The other four solo artists nominated in the same category were pianists Leon Fleisher and Daniil Trifonov; harpsichordist Jory Vinakour and cellist Xavier Phillips.
On YouTube, the unassuming Vieaux may be seen acknowledging his award in a brief speech. “I’d like to thank my entire family and my friends for supporting me,” he said. Vieaux has a lot of family in the Buffalo area. He also thanked his management and students, saying, “This is a really incredible experience for me. Thank you.”
He posted a picture on Facebook of himself and his wife, Erine, beaming in front of a Grammy Awards backdrop.
The 57th Grammy Awards ceremony was held Sunday in the Staples Center in Los Angeles.