Stefan in the News

Sneak peek at Stefan's exciting 2015-2016 season

A few highlights of Stefan's upcoming 2015-2016 season were recently announced. Stefan will embark on a multi-city tour with the Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev, which will include his Carnegie Hall debut.

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"Heart-stopping" debut with Fort Worth Symphony

Rave reviews of Stefan's Korngold last week in Fort Worth! The Dallas Morning News reported: "this was an intensely committed and brilliantly executed performance, the violin’s first entrance in the slow movement of heart-stopping beauty." The Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "From the first notes, he proved to be everything we expected and more. Jackiw's clean technical prowess tosses off virtuoso passages with flair; it is his gorgeous lyrical playing that impressed the most."

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New Video! Stefan plays Bruch's Scottish Fantasy

Here is a new video of Stefan's performance, from November 2014, of Bruch's Scottish Fantasy with Sinfónica de Galicia under conductor Rumon Gamba.

Stefan on "Best of 2014" lists

Stefan has been included on two notable "Best of 2014" year-end lists. Jeremy Eichler, music critic of the Boston Globe, selected Stefan's performance of Brahms' D minor sonata as one of his "ten memorable moments from 2014." Andrew Patner of the Chicago Sun Times listed Stefan's appearance at the Grant Park Music Festival on his "Best of 2014."

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Stefan's 2014-2015 Season Preview

Stefan's 2014-2015 season features exciting debuts and returns to major orchestras, as well as recitals at important venues in the US and abroad. This season sees his debut with the Detroit Symphony, where he plays Prokofiev's second violin concerto, and the BBC Scottish Symphony, where he plays Sibelius' Humoresques. Together with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Stefan gives the US premiere of David Fulmer's "Jubilant Arcs," which received its world premiere last year with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Matthias Pintscher in Germany.

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Stefan debuts at Grant Park Music Festival

This past July, Stefan made his debut at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, performing Mozart's A major violin concerto under the baton of Carlos Kalmar. The Chicago Tribune raved, "Neither screaming fire truck sirens nor fierce humidity could mar the smooth finish of Jackiw's Mozart. The sweet-faced, 29-year-old soloist sustained long phrases with a bright, pure, focused tone. Particularly winning was Jackiw's suave cantabile treatment of Mozart's slow movement, here truly an operatic aria without words.

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Boston Globe raves about Stefan's recital at Rockport

Stefan's recent recital with pianist Anna Polonsky at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival earned astellar review from Jeremy Eichler of the Boston Globe. "Recitals can sometimes be too much about the recitalist. Or to put it another way, the most technically brilliant soloists sometimes convey the limits of their own art by rendering a program of wonderfully distinct works with an oppressive air of sameness.

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Washington Post reviews Stefan's Kennedy Center recital

In May 2014, Stefan returned in recital to the Kennedy Center, presented by Washington Performing Arts. The Washington Post raved: "Jackiw threw himself into the music as if nothing else mattered and turned in the kind of playing you always hope for at a concert but rarely hear. It was an absolutely spectacular performance, run through with urgent and often unsettling beauty...

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New video: Stefan with Pittsburgh Symphony

In April 2014, Stefan returned to the Pittsburgh Symphony to perform Mendelssohn's violin concerto under the direction of Juraj Valčuha. Pittsburgh newspaper TribLIVE reported: "Violinist Stefan Jackiw's solo soars for PSO... the searing performance of Jackiw was the obvious highlight of the evening" (read full review here).

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