Violinist Stefan Jackiw is recognized as one of his generation's most significant artists, capturing audiences with the poetry and purity of his playing, combined with an impeccable technique. In the U.S. Mr. Jackiw has performed with the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the orchestras of Baltimore, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Nashville, Oregon, Rochester, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Luke's, and Utah, among many other ensembles.
Mr. Jackiw's 2009-2010 season highlights include subscription engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony under Sir Andrew Davis, the Cincinnati Symphony under Arild Remmereit, the Pittsburgh Symphony under Andris Nelsons, the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz, the Oregon Symphony under Claus Peter Flor, and a U.S. tour with the Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev. Abroad, he performs in 2010 and 2011 with the London Philharmonic on tours of Europe and Asia, appearing in London and Madrid under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and in Seoul under Vassily Sinaisky.
In July 2007, Mr. Jackiw made his debut with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Ludovic Morlot in the Concerts in the Parks series. The next month, he appeared with the Boston Symphony and Morlot at Tanglewood and was immediately reengaged for the following summer under Hans Graf. In 2008, Mr. Jackiw made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis and the San Francisco Symphony under James Gaffigan.
In 2000 Mr. 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 The Times; The Strad reported, "a fourteen-year-old violinist took the London music world by storm." Mr. Jackiw has also performed in Europe with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Ulster Orchestra of Ireland, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Invited by Yuri Temirkanov, Mr. Jackiw performed the Barber Violin Concerto as part of the Winter Arts Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In 2002 Mr. Jackiw made his debut with the Baltimore Symphony under Temirkanov, followed by a tour of Japan with the orchestra that included his Tokyo debut at Suntory Hall. Later that season, he made debuts with the Boston Symphony and the Chicago Symphony, both conducted by Roberto Abbado. His performance with the Boston Symphony was selected by the Boston Globe as one of the top two solo appearances of the year. In the 2004-2005 season, Mr. Jackiw made his debut with the Seattle Symphony, conducted by Gerard Schwarz. Both the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer chose this performance as the best debut of the year.
Mr. Jackiw is also an active recitalist and chamber musician. He has performed in numerous important Festivals and concert series, including the Ravinia Festival and the Caramoor Festival, the Boston Celebrity Series, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre Recital Series in Paris, and at New York's Mostly Mozart Festival. He is a regular participant at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and recently appeared at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music and Bard Music Festivals. At the opening night of Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall in New York, Mr. Jackiw was the only young artist invited to perform, playing alongside such artists as Emanuel Ax, Renée Fleming, Evgeny Kissin, and James Levine. Mr. 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 to physicist parents in 1985, Mr. Jackiw began playing the violin at the age of 4. His teachers have included Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair, and Donald Weilerstein. Mr. Jackiw holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, as well as an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory. In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Mr. Jackiw makes his home in New York City.