A Native Chicagoan, Jack Cimo is known for his powerful presence, beautiful tone, and exciting interpretations. Having played the guitar most of his life, he considers it a part of him. He has mastered a wide repertoire on the guitar ranging from celebrated pieces by Dowland, Bach, and Debussy to works by Spanish composers Isaac Albéniz and Francisco Tárrega. Mr. Cimo has delighted audiences in Las Vegas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, New Orleans, and Ireland to name a few.
In 2003 he received first prize in the Harper College competition and in 2009, he won second prize in the California ASTA competition. He was also the recipient of USC’s Presser Award in 2011. Having participated in numerous music festivals across the country, he has performed in master classes with Marc Teicholz, Adam Holtzman, Scott Tennant, and many more. He has studied privately with renowned musicians such as Steve Suvada, William Kanengiser, and Pepe Romero.
With a deep commitment to contemporary music, Mr. Cimo has developed repertoire by modern composers. He has worked with acclaimed composer Jordan Nelson to write a 3 movement solo piece, a set of songs for duo and soprano, and a quartet. He debuted an epic song cycle by Laura Kramer which received a BMI award in 2012. Recently, Mr. Cimo has taken up composing, writing and recording music for a video game called One Lion, available later this year. Also, he plays in a unique band called Melondance and writes original music which incorporates rock, funk, and electronic music elements.
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.
With a degree from University of Southern California, Jack is now actively performing and working on new music. A solo recording is coming soon which will include Bach’s 6th Cello Suite and the Walton Bagatelles. He is also focusing some time on creating high quality music videos, which will be released soon! Besides guitar, his interests include snowboarding, hiking, and dark chocolate.