January 1, 2010

Stefan Jackiw's Montreal Symphony Debut

2010 continues as a season of debuts for 24-year-old violinist Stefan Jackiw. Last month he played Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto to great acclaim with the Montreal Symphony. Montreal newspaper La Presse reported, "Jackiw possède toute la technique requise par ce concerto. On note également son assurance, sa justesse et l'égalité de sa sonorité." Jackiw followed his Montreal debut with performances of Tchaikovsky with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. The Waterloo Record wrote, "he was made for the part. Jackiw poured his whole body and soul into the piece. The extraordinary violinist displayed a rare physical acuity... engaging each note with precision and purpose. This transcendence of technique enabled a full measure of expressiveness" (read the review).