Here is a complete live performance of Stefan and Ensemble Ditto. Program includes Mozart Violin Sonata K. 305 and Mendelssohn Piano Trio in C minor.
In May 2014, Stefan returned in recital to the Kennedy Center, presented by Washington Performing Arts. The Washington Post raved: "Jackiw threw himself into the music as if nothing else mattered and turned in the kind of playing you always hope for at a concert but rarely hear. It was an absolutely spectacular performance, run through with urgent and often unsettling beauty... [Jackiw's] Mozart had a rare and wonderful sense of intimacy as well, as if he were having a private conversation with pianist Anna Polonsky, and we in the audience were just listening in" (read complete review here). Stefan and Anna will repeat the program at the Rockport Music Festival in June.
In April 2014, Stefan returned to the Pittsburgh Symphony to perform Mendelssohn's violin concerto under the direction of Juraj Valčuha. Pittsburgh newspaper TribLIVE reported: "Violinist Stefan Jackiw's solo soars for PSO... the searing performance of Jackiw was the obvious highlight of the evening" (read full review here). The Pittsbugh Post-Gazette reported, "the performance demonstrated the violinist's virtuosity, as well as his ability to forgo it for the sake of stirring lyricism" (read full review here). A brief clip of the final moments of Stefan's performance can be seen here.
In March 2014, Stefan premiered a new violin concerto, Jauchzende Bögen [Jubliant Arcs], written for him by the American composer David Fulmer and commissioned by the Internationales Musikfestival Heidelberger Frühling (Heidelberg, Germany) and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus (Ohio), Stefan gave the world premiere in Germany with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, conducted by Matthias Pintscher. Stefan also performed Mozart's Turkish violin concerto on the program. The concert received a rave review from German newspaper Morgenweb: "Somehow [Jackiw] combines the best of all worlds. At this concert in Heidelberg, he succeeded equally with contemporary music and with Mozart. Especially with Mozart, whose fifth violin concerto one had not heard sound so fresh in ages, nor had one heard for a long time its breadth of tone so fully exploited in this way. His playing looks incredibly spontaneous, as if born of the moment."