Stefan in the Press

"Concerning Stefan Jackiw, you will not find a more intelligent or engaged musician anywhere on the world stage."

Violinist phenom Stefan Jackiw's...playing was musically astute from start to finish, delivered with a shimmering tone and flawless technique.

"Jackiw proved he could call on anything from disarming sweetness to considerable power. And he has technique to go with that emotional range. High notes were solid and accurate, trills rapid and precise, multiple stops clear and strong." 

Jackiw came more recently to Ives’s music, but you would never know it from his playing, marked in equal parts by confident self-possession and a rare sense of musical empathy. This pair should record this repertoire.

"Jackiw's performance had a gentleness and delicacy about it that I found enchanting.... in his hands [the Beethoven Violin Concerto] sounded fresh, new, and different, in a good way. His distinctive silvery tone weaved a spell."

Jackiw uncovered the intense emotion of Bach’s gentle two-voiced counterpoint with flawless control and subtle passion.

The brilliant young violinist Stefan Jackiw...deftly balancing fervor and elegance, beautiful tone and earthy colorings, proved [an] inspired Ivesian on this exciting night.

Jackiw, a young powerhouse violinist...can turn on a dime, moving from a beautifully burnished tone to a sound with a sharper, snappier edge, capturing Ives’ mercurial mood shifts in a thoroughly visceral way.

With his distinctive tone quality and profound use of color and articulation, Jackiw made perfect sense of Ives' hairpin turns, making them mean something beyond gleeful trickster-ism.

A performance of real integrity. His technical prowess was never in doubt, with his sure intonation and seamless negotiation of Mendelssohn’s transparent violin writing. The way Jackiw paced the bravura showpiece of the first movement’s cadenza illustrated his virtuoso technique and natural musicality.

Jackiw combines expressive elegance, tonal purity and spot-on intonation. He is a nimble musician who traverses the violin as if impediments didn't exist.

Not only was his technique serenely confident, but his tone pure and piercingly sweet,his harmonics bell-like, his phrasing pristine and faultless. With all the virtues mentioned, Jackiw further proved to be a lovely, innocent musician […] brilliantly skillful and selflessly musical.