Stefan Jackiw, violin

Photo by Sangwook Lee

Stefan is one of America’s foremost violinists hailed for playing of “uncommon musical substance” that is “striking for its intelligence and sensitivity” (Boston Globe). He has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, and such ensembles as the London, Seoul, Tokyo Philharmonics and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Festivals and concert series appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, the Celebrity Series of Boston, the Philharmonie de Paris, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.   

An active chamber musician, Stefan is a member of the Junction Trio, together with pianist Conrad Tao and cellist Jay Campbell. His discography includes the complete Brahms violin sonatas on Sony, and a forthcoming recording of the complete Ives violin sonatas with his frequent collaborator, pianist Jeremy Denk. Jackiw also recently recorded the Beethoven Triple concerto with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, pianist Inon Barnatan, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Alan Gilbert on Decca. Stefan is a committed teacher and has recently joined the Faculty at the Mannes School of Music. He frequently gives masterclasses at prestigious conservatories and universities, such as the Colburn School, Harvard University, University of Michigan, Bard College, Manhattan School of Music, Vanderbilt University, Sydney Conservatorium, and the Australian National Academy of Music. In 2020, Jackiw started a free monthly online masterclass series, called Stefan’s Sessions, in which he leads an analysis of one of the masterpieces of the violin repertoire, addressing matters of interpretation, technical solutions, historical context, and performance preparation.