Violinist Stefan Jackiw is recognized as one of his generation's most significant artists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique. Hailed for playing of "uncommon musical substance" that is "striking for its intelligence and sensitivity" (Boston Globe), Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others.
Following his performance with the Cleveland Orchestra this summer, Stefan Jackiw reunites with Juraj Valcuha, for performances with the Detroit Symphony and Luxembourg Philharmonic. He also makes his debut with the National Symphony in Washington, DC, performing Bruch's Violin Concerto with Marek Janowski. In recital, he will appear on tour throughout the US, including Baltimore, Houston, Philadelphia, and the Boston Celebrity Series. His recitals include performances of all the Ives violin sonatas with acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk, with whom he has also recorded the Sonatas for Nonesuch Records. Abroad, Stefan appears on tour performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with l'Orchestre National d'Île-de-France in Europe and Asia, including his debut at the Philharmonie de Paris; he also returns to the Bournemouth Symphony playing Korngold with Andrew Litton, and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, performing Tchaikovsky with Residentie Orkest.
Last season, Stefan returned to the Netherlands radio Symphony, playing Mozart's Concerto no. 5 with Ludovic Morlot at the Concertgebouw. He also returned to the Cleveland Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, and Oregon Symphony, and played with the Grand Rapids Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and Vancouver Symphony under Jun Markl. Highlights in Europe included his performances of Mendelssohn with the Munich Chamber Orchestra; appearances with the Philharmonia and RAI Turin Orchestra and Juraj Valc?uha; and performances with the Helsinki Philharmonic and Bern Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonia de Galicia, and on tour with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Philippe Herreweghe. Recitaks included his performance of the complete Brahms violin sonatas at the Aspen Festival, which he has recorded for Sony. He also recorded the Beethoven Triple with Inon Barnatan, Alisa Weilerstein, Alan Gilbert and Academy St. Martin in the Fields
Highlights of recent seasons include a performance of Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall with Mikhail Pletnev, and a multi-city tour with the Russian National Orchestra; performances with the St. Louis Symphony under Nicholas McGegan, and with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and performances with the Indianapolis Symphony under Krzysztof Urbanski, and the Pittsburgh Symphony under Juraj Valcuha. In Asia, Stefan recently appeared for the first time with the Tokyo Symphony at Suntory Hall under the direction of Krzysztof Urbanski, and returned to the Seoul Philharmonic under Mario Venzago. He also toured Korea, playing chamber music with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica. In Australia, Stefan toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra play-directing Mendelssohn. He also gave the world premiere of American composer David Fulmer's Violin Concerto No 2 "Jubilant Arcs", written for him and commissioned by the Heidelberg Festival with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie under Matthias Pintscher.
Jackiw is also an active recitalist and chamber musician. He has performed in numerous important festivals and concert series, including the Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, and Caramoor International Music Festival, the Celebrity Series of Boston, New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Louvre Recital Series in Paris. As a chamber musician, Jackiw has collaborated with such artists as Jeremy Denk, Steven Isserlis, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gil Shaham, and forms a trio with Jay Campbell and Conrad Tao. 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.
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. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, as well as an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and is the recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He lives in New York City.