The excitement of discovering a promising new musician is like hearing your favorite piece of music for the very first time. At Noontime Concerts we believe that gifted emerging artists will shape the future of classical music. And that’s why it is our privilege and our commitment to offer young talented musical artists in the early stages of their careers a chance to play on our concert series.
The Helen von Ammon Fund for Emerging Artists provides scholarship-based live performance opportunities for gifted and talented young musicians who are on the threshold of amazing careers. A Noontime Concerts opportunity for these special artists becomes a memorable experience for all of us who are so lucky to see and hear them play.
Emerging Artist, Jack Cimo, Guitar
Featured Emerging Artist for February 5, 2019
Jack Cimo is a classically-trained Spanish 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 over 20 years of performing experience and now calls San Luis Obispo, California home.
He has worked with Grammy-award winning musicians such as Steve Suvada, William Kanengiser, and Pepe Romero; and has captivated audiences in Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, Costa Rica, and Ireland to name a few. 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.
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.
Mr. Cimo frequently performs with various chamber music ensembles. He was a member of Chicago’s MODE Ensemble, an innovative group that performed many different programs, including American, Nordic music, and French Baroque. He and cellist Allegra Montanari formed Duo Sogno, playing a rarely heard combination of instruments. They performed the Midwest premiere of Bogdanovic’s Rainforest Canticles in 2015. As a member of the Helios Guitar Quartet, he released in 2013 the first guitar version of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (Book 1), available on iTunes. He is also a frequent collaborator with singers; he debuted Jordan Nelson’s Around the Thrown for guitar and soprano and joined the What’s Next Ensemble for a performance of Michael Gordon’s modern opera Van Gogh, playing electric guitar.
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 running both the Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition in Reno, NV and the San Francisco Bay Guitar Competition. He performed the Concierto de Aranjuez multiple times this year, most recently with the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Jane Brown said of his performance, “Mr. Cimo plays with expressive depth, great feeling, and brilliant virtuosity. His performance of the Rodrigo Concierto de 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 devouring dark chocolate. For more information, check out his website at www.jackcimo.com
The Helen von Ammon Fund for Emerging Artists
Helen von Ammon
August 2, 1922 – January 31, 2014
As an artist, Helen von Ammon was particularly sensitive to obstacles encountered by artists of all persuasions on the path to recognition and success. Whether in the applied or the musical arts, artistic expression can be fettered by commercialism, perceived marketability, and myriad other constraints. The Helen von Ammon Fund was established to provide talented musical artists the chance to express the depth and breadth of their capabilities. So it is with gratitude for Helen’s vision and generosity that Noontime Concerts provides professional musicians beginning their careers with an important performance opportunity as well as exposure and recognition.
Irving M. Klein International String Competition
Since its inception in 1985, the Klein competition of its kind, and has helped launch the careers of many performers. Mr. Klein, who died in 1984, devoted himself untiringly to the development of young artists. He was extraordinarily sensitive to their human as well as musical needs. His friends, colleagues, and students who established the Competition in his memory sought to imbue it with his unusual qualities of empathy with and generosity to young musicians. Parallel to the guiding principles of the Helen von Ammon Fund, the Klein Competition seeks to provide recital opportunities, recognition, and assistance to accomplished musicians in the early stages of their careers. Noontime Concerts has been honored to present Klein Competition winners under the auspices of the von Ammon Fund. We look forward to featuring other Klein artists in the 2016 season.
The Klein Competition takes place each year in June at San Francisco State University and at Herbst Theater in San Francisco. For more information, please visit www.kleincompetition.org. We encourage anyone interested in fostering young musical careers to make a tax-deductible gift to Noontime Concerts designated to The Helen von Ammon Fund. Recitalists are also encouraged to submit a demonstration tape or CD along with a resume for consideration to:
Helen von Ammon Fund
660 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108