Guest Artist Bio
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 "talent that's off the scale" (Washington Post) Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others, and he has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Marin Alsop, Andrew Davis, Hannu Lintu, Ludovic Morlot, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mikhail Pletnev, Gerard Schwarz and Yuri Temirkanov. His solo performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at Australia's Sydney Opera House in March was seen live on YouTube by more than 30 million people worldwide.
During the 2011/12 season Jackiw makes his debut with the Atlanta Symphony under Nicholas McGegan, and with the Rotterdam Philharmonic on tour in France led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He enjoys return engagements with the Chicago Symphony (Trevor Pinnock), Toronto Symphony (Christopher Koenig) and Rochester Philharmonic (Arild Remmereit). Additional highlights in-clude recitals at the Kennedy Center under the auspices of the Washington Performing Arts Society and in Chicago with pianist Jeremy Denk, presented by the Chicago Symphony.
In 2011, Jackiw performed at a number of music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival and Seattle Chamber Music Society. He toured Asia twice, first playing chamber music with Ensemble Ditto in Korea, and on a month-long tour as soloist with the Asian Youth Symphony performing Saint-Saëns, Sara-sate and Sibelius in China, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan and Japan.
Jackiw made his European debut in London in 2002 at age 14 to great critical acclaim. Jackiw has also per-formed in Europe with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, l'Or-chestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the
Ulster Orchestra of Ireland, the Seoul Philharmonic and the Deutsches Sym-phonie-Orchester Berlin. Invited by Yuri Temirkanov, Jackiw performed Barber's Violin Concerto as part of the Winter Arts Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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, 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. He is a regular participant at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley Music and Bard Music Festivals. 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, Jackiw began playing the violin at the age of 4. 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. In 2002 the young artist was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He makes his home in New York City.