Stefan in the Press

Violinist phenom Stefan Jackiw's...playing was musically astute from start to finish, delivered with a shimmering tone and flawless technique.

The brilliant young violinist Stefan Jackiw...deftly balancing fervor and elegance, beautiful tone and earthy colorings, proved [an] inspired Ivesian on this exciting night.

Jackiw, a young powerhouse violinist...can turn on a dime, moving from a beautifully burnished tone to a sound with a sharper, snappier edge, capturing Ives’ mercurial mood shifts in a thoroughly visceral way.

With his distinctive tone quality and profound use of color and articulation, Jackiw made perfect sense of Ives' hairpin turns, making them mean something beyond gleeful trickster-ism.

A performance of real integrity. His technical prowess was never in doubt, with his sure intonation and seamless negotiation of Mendelssohn’s transparent violin writing. The way Jackiw paced the bravura showpiece of the first movement’s cadenza illustrated his virtuoso technique and natural musicality.

Jackiw combines expressive elegance, tonal purity and spot-on intonation. He is a nimble musician who traverses the violin as if impediments didn't exist.

Not only was his technique serenely confident, but his tone pure and piercingly sweet,his harmonics bell-like, his phrasing pristine and faultless. With all the virtues mentioned, Jackiw further proved to be a lovely, innocent musician […] brilliantly skillful and selflessly musical.

Jackiw is without doubt a star of the future.

This American-born violinist gave a performance of the Mendelssohn E minor Violin Concerto that was truly sensational, showing a talent and maturity that belied his years.

... the kind of triumph of personality you wanted to cheer... [Jackiw has] a sound so saturated and vibrant it sounded like a living thing.

[Jackiw] does not deliver a preconceived interpretation, glazed and showy, but seems to invent it as he goes along. His sound is intimately detailed and apparently delicate, yet easily fills the hall. His technique, of course, is masterful.

Stefan Jackiw has risen swiftly in the past decade to challenge the foremost talents of our day - Ehnes, Tezlaff, Kavakos, Hahn - by the quality of his insight and skill. He played Mozart like an angel. The result was about as pure and as close to perfection as music can get.