Hometown: New York
Web site: http://www.stefanjackiw.com/en/
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Violinist Stefan Jackiw is recognized as one of his generation’s most significant artists. Hailed for “talent that’s off the scale” (Washington Post), Jackiw has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic amongst others.
In 2000, Jackiw made his European debut in London to great critical acclaim, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Benjamin Zander. His sensational performance was featured on the front page of London’s Times; the Strad reported, “A 14-year-old violinist took the London music world by storm.”
Jackiw’s 2002 performance with the Boston Symphony was selected by the Boston Globe as one of the top two solo appearances of the year. His New York Philharmonic debut occurred in July 2007 in the “Concerts in the Parks” series. In 2008, Jackiw made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis and the San Francisco Symphony under James Gaffigan. He was reunited with Davis for his Philadelphia and Toronto Symphony debuts in the 2009-10 season, with Gerard Schwarz for his Montreal debut, and with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra.
Jackiw is also an active recitalist and chamber musician. He has performed in numerous important festivals and concert series, including the Ravinia Festival, Caramoor International Music Festival, Celebrity Series of Boston, New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival and Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Louvre Recital Series in Paris. At the opening night of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York, Jackiw was the only young artist invited to perform, playing alongside such artists as Emanuel Ax, Renée Fleming, Evgeny Kissin, and James Levine. Jackiw is also a founding member of the Tessera Quartet, an emerging New York-based ensemble formed under the guidance of the Juilliard String Quartet. The Tessera Quartet has collaborated with such artists as Claude Frank and Lowell Liebermann, and is recording Liebermann’s complete quartets for Koch Records.
Born in 1985 to physicist parents of Korean and German descent, Stefan Jackiw began playing the violin at the age of four. His teachers have included Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair, and Donald Weilerstein. Jackiw holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, as well as an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory. His debut recording of the Brahms Violin Sonatas was released recently on the Sony Classical label. In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He makes his home in New York City.
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