Stefan has garnered a string of superb reviews for his performances of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. The Sydney Morning Herald raved, "Jackiw returned to end the concert with an earnest, breathless and strikingly accomplished performance of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in an arrangement by Richard Tognetti for 10 string instruments plus soloist. Jackiw's sound is lean and transparent, with thrilling glow in the upper register and characterised by brilliance and refined color." The Australian reported, "Sustaining a pure, focused tone and crystalline articulation, violinist Stefan Jackiw was an outstanding soloist. His fluid line and flowing bow strokes penetrated right to the heart of the concerto’s cantabile soul and he met the work’s technical challenges brilliantly." And The Daily Telegraph stated, "Jackiw’s performance of the Mendelssohn concerto was the second stunning reading of this glorious work in three months for local audiences following German violinist Christian Tetzlaff’s appearance with Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Jackiw is an exciting talent who is on the verge of classical music stardom."
This week, Stefan embarks on a multi-city tour of Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, whom he will lead in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Bottesini's Gran Duo for violin and double bass. The tour features nine concerts, including appearances at the Sydney Opera House and in Melbourne. Details here.
Stefan received an excellent review from the New Jersey Star-Ledger, following his debut with the New Jersey Symphony and frequent collaborator, conductor Christoph König: "In the gypsy-tinged, showy work [Ravel's Tzigane], Jackiw displayed lush vibrato and plenty of bravado as well as impressive dynamic control and a sense of drama. Jackiw was at least as effective in the welcome addition of Dvorak's rhapsodic 'Romance in F Minor for Violin and Orchestra.' As the melody grew more elaborate and took on varied guises, Jackiw employed a warm tone and sensitive phrasing that built to full-toned, almost violent fervor then transitioned seamlessly to blissful sustained notes.He imbued even blazing virtuosic passages with a singing quality as well as vigor, and his intention was always clear."
A few highlights of Stefan's upcoming 2015-2016 season were recently announced. Stefan will embark on a multi-city tour with the Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev, which will include his Carnegie Hall debut. Earlier in the season, Stefan will join acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk and New York Polyphony for a special project at New York City's 92nd Street Y and at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. In Europe, Stefan will make his debut at Berlin's Konzerthaus and returns to Amsterdam's Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. And in Asia, Stefan appears for the first time with the Tokyo Symphony at Suntory Hall under the direction of Krzysztof Urbanski, and returns to the Seoul Philharmonic under Mario Venzago. Stay tuned for more details on Stefan's upcoming season.