Based out of New York City, Jason Priset is a regular soloist and performer in the United States. Jason has appeared through the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Early Music New York, and the Riverside Symphony to name a few, and includes performances in such prestigious venues as the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Jason holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) from Stony Brook University and specializes in a variety of plucked guitar and lute related instruments. For 8 years he mentored under Pat O’Brien, one of the most influential lutenists of our time. Currently, Dr. Priset is serving as Executive Director for the Lute Society of America (LSA) summer festival and works as staff for Amherst Early Music (AEM). Other festival experience includes the Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College, the International Baroque Institute at Longy (IBIL), the Long Island Guitar Festival, and the Ithaca College Winter Guitar Festival.
Dr. Jason Priset began studying music at the age of nine, playing the trombone in the school band. In High School Dr. Priset played trombone for the Symphonic Band and sang in the Concert Choir at Lancaster High School, both groups winning the highest award at state level competitions. At the age of thirteen he started the guitar mostly playing rock and blues styles, eventually becoming interested in the classical style. Dr. Priset was accepted into the Bachelor music program on the classical guitar at the State University of New York at Fredonia under the direction of James Piorkowski. During his tenure at Fredonia (1999-2004) Dr. Priset served as a member of the Fredonia Classical Guitar Society as President, Vice President, and Treasurer. He played and toured for two years with the Fredonia Guitar Quartet and won second prize in Fredonia’s first Annual Guitar Competition.
Dr. Priset pursued his graduate degree under scholarship at Stony Brook University under the tutelage of the guitarist Jerry Willard. completing both the Master of Music (M.M.) and Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) programs. While at Stony Brook Dr. Priset taught as Prof. Willard’s assistant, teaching both the undergraduate guitar students and assisting for the guitar class, MU266. Dr. Priset also worked closely with the jazz trombonist Ray Anderson in SBU Blowage and performed with Prof. Anderson in jazz combos
Dr. Priset has studied with some of the greatest guitar and lute players of this generation, including: Pablo Cohen, Luis Zea, Raphaella Smits, Jason Vieaux, Andrew York, Benjamin Verdery, Lucas Harris, Nigel North, Stephen Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, Eduardo Eguez, and Luca Pianca.