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Stefan Jackiw, Violin & Anna Polonsky, Piano

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 8:00 PM Musical preview featuring Opus 21, a chamber music collective of Princeton students, at 7pm, free to ticketholders

PLEASE NOTE: This concert is a substitution for the originally scheduled Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov who were forced to cancel due to illness
Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall


Maurice Ravel Tzigane

Witold Lutoslawski Partita

Kaija Saariaho Nocturne in memory of W. Lutoslawski

César Franck Sonata in A Major

In their Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center just last year, the Washington Post described the performance of the Lutoslawski, which Princeton audiences will be treated to next week, as the following:  “The real heart of the evening (part of Washington Performing Arts Society’s “Virtuoso Series”) came in Witold Lutoslawski’s “Partita for Violin and Piano” from 1984, a work so explosive that the word “volcanic” barely covers it. Darkly lyrical, wildly atmospheric, it built to such white-hot intensity in the central Largo (aptly described by Jackiw as “an apocalyptic meditation”) that you thought the violin would erupt in flames. Jackiw threw himself into the music as if nothing else mattered and turned in the kind of playing you always hope for at a concert but rarely hear. It was an absolutely spectacular performance, run through with urgent and often unsettling beauty.”

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About the Artist

Jackiw is no stranger to capturing the limelight on short notice.  In recent years, he has replaced cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and violinists Lisa Batiashvili and Pam Frank, catapulting his career onto an international stage.  Hailed for “talent that’s off the scale” (Washington Post), he has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, among others, and he has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Marin Alsop, Andrew Davis, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mikhail Pletnev, and Yuri Temirkanov. His solo performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at Australia’s Sydney Opera House in March was seen live on YouTube by more than 30 million people worldwide. On disc, Jackiw is garnering acclaim for his debut album of the Brahms Violin Sonatas with pianist Max Levinson (Sony). Fanfare magazine proclaimed, “Jackiw is fantastic. …This is now the recording of Brahms’s violin sonatas to have.”   Jackiw made his European debut age 14 to great critical acclaim, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra. His sensational performance was featured on the front page of London’s Times, and the Strad reported, “A 14-year-old violinist took the London music world by storm.” Now, at age 30, he is well on his way to joining ranks with the world’s great violinists.  In 2014 his performances were mentioned among the top ten classical music events of the year in The Boston Globe and the Chicago Sun Times.  Born in 1985 to physicist parents of Korean and German descent, Stefan Jackiw began playing the violin at the age of four. His teachers have included Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, as well as an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory. In 2002, the young artist was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Anna Polonsky, Jackiw’s regular duo partner, was heard this season on our series as a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “Meet the Music” concert for families. She made her solo piano debut at the age of seven at the Special Central Music School in Moscow, Russia. She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Music diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with the renowned pianist Peter Serkin, and continued her studies with Jerome Lowenthal, earning her Master's Degree from The Juilliard School. In addition to performing, she serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College. She has been a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Two program.

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“Talent that's off the scale”

- The Washington Post