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.
Jackiw performed Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall with Mikhail Pletnev, before embarking on a multi-city tour with the Russian National Orchestra last season. He also appeared in recital with acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk performing Ives Violin Sonatas. In Europe, Jackiw returned to Amsterdam's Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and made his debut with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. And in Asia, he 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.
For the 2017-2018 season, Jackiw appears on tour throughout North America, including performances with the Vancouver Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony and New Jersey Symphony. He will also perform with Juraj Valcuha both with the Philharmonia Orchestra and RAI Turin Orchestra. Tours in Europe will take Jackiw back to the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic with Ludovic Morlot, to the Helsinki Philharmonic and Bern Symphony with Mario Venzago and to the Munich Symphony. Further afield, he will appear on tour with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Shanghai and Mumbai. He has also recorded Ives violin Sonata with Jeremy Denk for Nonesuch Records. Previous recordings include the complete Brahms Sonatas for Sony, hailed by Fanfare as “now the recording of the Brahms sonatas to have”.
Jackiw toured Australia playing Mendelssohn with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and 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. He has also performed with the St. Louis Symphony under Nicholas McGegan, the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Indianapolis Symphony under Krzysztof Urbanski and the Pittsburgh Symphony under Juraj Valcuha.
Jackiw is an active recitalist and chamber musician. He has performed in numerous 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.
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, and is the recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He lives in New York City.