November 10, 2011

Stefan opens 2011-12 season with "Paganini-like intensity"

To open his 2011-12 season, Stefan performed the Mendelssohn concerto with the Toronto Symphony under Christoph König, and the Beethoven concerto with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra under Timothy Russell and on a tour of Florida with the Florida Orchestra under Stefan Sanderling. The Globe and Mail raved about Stefan's Mendelssohn: "Clad in black from head to toe, there was a Paganini-like intensity to his stage presence. Musically, he brought substance and drama. Throughout, his tone was bright and full-bodied and his intonation was impeccable. Using every inch of his bow, Jackiw produced a sound that soared in Roy Thomson Hall. Jackiw’s cadenza was a tour de force of agility and precision" (read the full review). The St. Petersburg Times described Stefan's performance of the Beethoven as "ravishing" and the Columbus Dispatch reported, "The refreshingly un-showy Jackiw's performance was technically flawless, but what impressed the most was his ability to take us with him into the very soul of each note. A consummate artist can unite his listeners with the music he's playing to the extent that he himself nearly disappears. Jackiw does this -- and more" (read the full review).