Jack Cimo is a classical guitarist known for his powerful presence, beautiful tone, and exciting renditions. Having played the guitar since he was a toddler, his devotion to the instrument has directed the course of his life.
He has worked with Grammy-award winning musicians such as Pepe Romero and William Kanengiser and has captivated audiences throughout the United States, Costa Rica, and Ireland. He has been a finalist or prizewinner in various competitions, including winning USC’s Presser Award and taking 3rd in the Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival. He was recently one of two Americans to be invited to the prestigious Joann Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition in Buffalo, NY as a semi-finalist.
Jack is passionate about exploring different styles and has a mastery of Spanish classics, romantic Italian music, and festive Central and South American pieces. His wide repertoire includes everything from Baroque and Renaissance music to avant-garde pieces and The Beatles. He and cellist Allegra Montanari formed Duo Sogno and recorded the virtuosic Rainforest Canticles by Dusan Bogdanovic in 2015. As a member of the Helios Guitar Quartet, he released J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (Book 1), available on itunes.
After graduating from USC’s Thornton School of Music with a degree in Classical Guitar Performance, Jack focuses on delighting communities through touring as a soloist, sharing his passion through teaching, and recording. He is excited to be the artistic director for and perform in a major benefit concert called Recuerdos de Paradise for the community of Paradise, which was razed by a massive fire last year, which will be held on May 25. He’ll share the stage with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and flamenco guitarist Adam Del Monte. Tickets and more info can be found at www.californiagiftofmusic.org.
He performed the Concierto de Aranjuez multiple times last season, most recently with the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra, and will again in September with the Santa Maria Philharmonic. Conductor Jane Brown said of his performance, “Mr. Cimo plays with expressive depth, great feeling, and brilliant virtuosity. His performance of the Aranjuez was a season favorite that our audience and musicians are still discussing in appreciation and awe.”
His high quality music videos can be viewed on his YouTube channel Jack Cimo. When he’s not playing guitar, Jack can be found snowboarding, hiking, and savoring dark chocolate.
You can find his most recent album Jack Cimo Plays Bach, Bogdanovic, Walton, and Arnold on itunes and all other distribution services or order a physical copy from his website!