WHO: Violinist, Stefan Jackiw and Pianist, Max Levinson
WHERE: Great Hall, Peterson Student Center
WHEN: Friday, May 1, 8 p.m.
PROGRAM: Brahms: The Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin
CONTACT: 984-6000 (St. John’s College Switchboard)
DETAILS: Tickets are $20
Violinist Stefan Jackiw is recognized as one of the most significant artists of his generation. In the U.S. Mr. Jackiw has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Baltimore, Indianapolis, Nashville, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Seattle, and Utah symphonies, the Naples Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Caramoor, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Pops.
Mr. Jackiw made his European debut in London to great critical acclaim, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Abroad, Mr. Jackiw has also performed with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Seoul Philharmonic.
Mr. Jackiw is an active recitalist and has already performed on numerous important series. He gave a recital at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival; he has performed on the Rising Stars Series of the Ravinia Festival and on the Boston Celebrity Series in recital at Jordan Hall; he made his New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and his Paris recital debut at the Louvre.
Born to physicist parents in 1985, Mr. Jackiw began playing the violin at the age of 4. His teachers have included Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair, and Donald Weilerstein. Mr. Jackiw holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, as well as an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory. In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Mr. Jackiw lives in New York City.
American pianist Max Levinson is known as an intelligent and sensitive artist with a fearless technique. Levinson's career was launched when he won First Prize at the 1997 Guardian Dublin International Piano Competition, the first American to achieve this distinction. He received overwhelming critical acclaim for his two solo recordings on N2K Encoded Music, and was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in March 1999. Max Levinson has been hailed by critics for musical maturity beyond his years: "The questioning, conviction, and feeling in his playing invariably reminds us of the deep reasons why music is important to us, why we listen to it, why we care so much about it" (The Boston Globe).
Max Levinson has performed as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Boston Pops, San Antonio Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra and American Youth Symphony. He has worked with such conductors as Robert Spano, Neeve Järvi, Uriel Segal, Joseph Swensen, Jeffrey Kahane and Alasdair Neale. Recent recital appearances include Washington Performing Arts Society's "Kreeger String & Hayes Piano Series" at the Kennedy Center, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich's "Competition Winner Series," Ravinia's "Rising Stars," Lincoln Center's "What Makes it Great" and the FleetBank Boston "Emerging Artists Series."