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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.

Stefan has recorded for Sony the complete Brahms sonatas, hailed by Fanfare as “now the recording of the Brahms sonatas to have”. He is also a member of Ensemble Ditto - a wildly popular Korea-based chamber music group, with a mission to introduce new audiences to the chamber music repertoire. Ensemble Ditto plays to sold out halls across the country, presenting works from Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven to George Crumb, Steven Reich, and John Zorn.

Stefan made his European debut age 14 to great critical acclaim, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra. His sensational performance was featured on the front page of London’s Times, and theStrad reported, “A 14-year-old violinist took the London music world by storm.” Stefan has also performed abroad with the London Philharmonic, 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.

Stefan 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, Stefan has collaborated with such artists as Jeremy Denk, Steven Isserlis, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gil Shaham. He is a regular participant at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music and Bard Music Festivals. At the opening night of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York, Stefan 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.


"This is a young star of astonishing gifts, whose musicality and technical finesse place him at the top of his peers."

-Seattle Times

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Benjamin Beilman, Pamela Frank & Stefan Jackiw, violins; Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

“MOZART REFLECTED” - Violin Sonatas with Interludes in Three Acts

Please note this concert begins at 7:00 PM and features three hour-long performances with two 15-minute breaks.

Denk & Beilman
Mozart: Violin Sonata in C Major, K. 6
Ravel:  Violin Sonata [Sel.]
Mozart: Violin Sonata in G Major, K. 301
Adams: Road Movies: Movement I
Mozart: Violin Sonata in D Major, K. 306

Denk & Jackiw
Handel: Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 1, No. 13 [Sel.]
Mozart:  Violin Sonata in G Major, K. 379 [Sel.]
Stravinsky: Duo Concertante [Sel.]
Mozart: Violin Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 378

Denk & Frank
Mozart: Violin Sonata in A Major, K. 305
Webern: 4 Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 7
Mozart: Violin Sonata in E Minor, K. 304
Schubert: Sonatina in A Minor, D. 385: Allegro
Mozart: Violin Sonata in A Major, K. 526

This concert is supported by Grant Greapentrog.

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Stefan Jackiw, violin and Anna Polonsky, piano

Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

C. Schumann: Three Romances, Op. 22
Brahms: Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 108
Fulmer: They Turned Their Channeled Faces to the Sky [Philadelphia Premiere]
Brahms: Violin Sonata in G Major, Op. 78

Stefan Jackiw
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Stefan Jackiw, violin and Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Ives: Violin Sonata No. 1
Ives: Violin Sonata No. 2
Ives: Violin Sonata No. 3
Ives: Violin Sonata No. 4: Children's Day at the Camp Meeting

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45pm with Richard Wernick

Chicago Tribune

“...flawless technique, precocious musical understanding, and a sweet, singing tone.”

Seattle Times

“This is a young star of astonishing gifts, whose musicality and technical finesse place him at the top of his peers.”

Cincinnati Enquirer

“Jackiw is without doubt a star of the future.”

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