Stefan in the Press

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.

Jackiw is without doubt a star of the future.

This American-born violinist gave a performance of the Mendelssohn E minor Violin Concerto that was truly sensational, showing a talent and maturity that belied his years.

... the kind of triumph of personality you wanted to cheer... [Jackiw has] a sound so saturated and vibrant it sounded like a living thing.

[Jackiw] does not deliver a preconceived interpretation, glazed and showy, but seems to invent it as he goes along. His sound is intimately detailed and apparently delicate, yet easily fills the hall. His technique, of course, is masterful.

Stefan Jackiw has risen swiftly in the past decade to challenge the foremost talents of our day - Ehnes, Tezlaff, Kavakos, Hahn - by the quality of his insight and skill. He played Mozart like an angel. The result was about as pure and as close to perfection as music can get.

Soloist and young phenom Stefan Jackiw got [the Beethoven Violin Concerto] right: The downbeats were alive and electric, a bloom on the tone or a subtle syncopated emphasis pushing the line forward. Jackiw’s technique is prodigious, his intonation precise, but his playing is striking for its intelligence and sensitivity.

Jackiw made a sensational impression on Thursday evening, performing the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3 with Gerard Schwarz and the [Seattle Symphony]. The young player is a powerhouse of a violinist with a big rich tone and a lot of technical assurance. But he isn’t just a speedy-fingered prodigy. Jackiw made the most of his interpretive opportunities, especially in the second movement, with its lovely melodic line. Clad in a black shirt and black slacks, Jackiw played with exceptional clarity and maturity.

Most impressive debut [of 2004]

Jackiw was astonishing. Get out the superlatives and take your pick: huge technical resources; dead center pitch, even at the highest register of the instrument; a tone both silky and steely; a bow arm of great strength and control; breathtaking clarity, even in the fastest passages; a myriad of colors and dynamic values. For someone so young, his talent is remarkably complete, his musicality strikingly mature. Like many young virtuosos, he likes fast tempos, and he took the final movement very quickly. But he made sense of the speed.