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.
He recently placed third in the 2017 Sierra Nevada Competition, was a finalist in the prestigious 2017 Wilson Center Competition, and was the recipient of USC’s Presser Award in 2011. In 2009, he won second prize in the California ASTA competition, and in 2003 he received first prize in the Harper College competition. 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 worked 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 and performing with his two brothers Daniel and Vince.
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 was recently named competition director of the 2018 Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition in Reno, NV and Lake Tahoe, CA. He is also focusing on creating high quality music videos, which can be viewed on his Youtube channel! Besides guitar, his interests include snowboarding, hiking, and dark chocolate.