Artist Series brings in violin prodigy -rws -jcr -dlh

Reid Stratton

This Saturday at 8 p.m. a solo violinist younger than the average Lawrence student will take the stage of Memorial Chapel. Stefan Jackiw, just 19 years old, will perform the third Artist Series concert of the year. The program will include works by Beethoven, Liszt, and Prokofiev.
Stefan Jackiw began playing violin at age 4 and by the time he was 16 had already won an Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is currently enrolled at Harvard University and studies violin with Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory.
Jackiw made his debut in 1997 *******– when he was 11 *********– playing Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with Keith Lockheart and the Boston Pops. He has gone on to perform with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, and the Naples Philharmonic, among others. For his European debut in 2000 he played Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the direction of Benjamin Zander.
Since then, Jackiw has toured Japan with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov. He has also played under the baton of Roberto Abbado with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the l’Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Florentino, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
As is made evident by Jackiw’s recital this Saturday, he does not just perform with orchestras; the artist often plays in the Boston area at venues like the French Cultural Center.
Tickets for Stefan Jackiw’s recital can be purchased at the Lawrence Box Office or at the door this Saturday.