Performance Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Stefan Jackiw
Anna Polonsky

Weill Recital Hall
Stefan Jackiw "could be a rock star,” proclaimed the Los Angeles Times of the violinist, who gave “a fascinating, impressive, and often riveting performance, [making] each phrase an individual and excitable event. There can't be much doubt that Jackiw's star will continue to rise." Hear for yourself when he makes his recital debut at Carnegie Hall with a program that includes Stravinsky’s Suite italienne—an arrangement of several movements from the composer’s piquant ballet Pulcinella—as well as works by Brahms and R. Strauss, plus a world premiere by David Fulmer.

This concert is part of Salon Encores. The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • Stefan Jackiw, Violin
  • Anna Polonsky, Piano


  • STRAVINSKY Suite italienne
  • BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78
  • DAVID FULMER They Turn Their Channeled Faces to the Sky (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • R. STRAUSS Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Stefan Jackiw

    Violinist Stefan Jackiw is recognized as one of his generation's most significant artists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique. Mr. Jackiw has appeared with the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, New York Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony, among others. He has also collaborated with such renowned conductors as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Ludovic Morlot, Andris Nelsons, David Robertson, Hannu Lintu, Marin Alsop, Sir Andrew Davis, Mikhail Pletnev, and Yuri Temirkanov.

    During the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Jackiw gives the world premiere of David Fulmer's Violin Concerto at the Heidelberg Festival with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen conducted by Matthias Pintscher. Other season highlights include performances of Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 with the St. Louis Symphony under Nicholas McGegan and with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He will also pair Mozart concertos with Lutosławski's Partita, including performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and  Krzysztof Urbanski. Mr. Jackiw's return engagements include performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Juraj Valcuha and the Kansas City Symphony under Michael Stern. His appearances in Europe include performances with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester, the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker. In recital, Jackiw will appear on tour throughout the US, including at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Spivey Hall in Atlanta. On disc, Mr. Jackiw has received great acclaim for his album of the Brahms violin sonatas (Sony).

    Born in 1985 to physicist parents of Korean and German descent, Mr. Jackiw began playing the violin at the age of four. A graduate of Harvard University and the New England Conservatory, he lives in New York City.

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  • Anna Polonsky

    Anna Polonsky is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, and many others. Ms. Polonsky has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, and Shanghai string quartets, and with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, David Shifrin, Richard Goode, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Arnold Steinhardt, Anton Kuerti, Peter Wiley, and Fred Sherry. She is regularly invited to perform chamber music at the Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Music@Menlo, Cartagena, Bard, and Caramoor festivals, as well as at Bargemusic in New York City.

    Ms. Polonsky has given concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, and Alice Tully Hall, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A frequent guest at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, she was a member of Chamber Music Society Two from 2002 to 2004. In 2006, she took part in the European Broadcasting Union's project to record and broadcast all of Mozart's keyboard sonatas, and in the spring of 2007, she performed a solo recital at Carnegie Hall as part of the Emerson String Quartet's Perspectives series.

    Ms. Polonsky 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's degree 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. Ms. Polonsky was a recipient of the 2003 Borletti-Buitoni Trust fellowship and the 2011 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award.

    With violist Michael Tree and clarinetist Anthony McGill, Ms. Polonsky is a member of the Schumann Trio. She also collaborates in a two-piano duo with her husband, pianist Orion Weiss. In addition to performing, she serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College. She is a Steinway Artist.

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Brahms's Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 (Vivace ma non troppo)
Stefan Jackiw, Violin | Anna Polonsky, Piano
Sony Music

At a Glance

JOHANNES BRAHMS  Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78

In contrast to his mighty Violin Concerto in D Major, Brahms's three sonatas for violin and piano are predominantly intimate and conversational in tone. Yet a common strain of wistful lyricism unites the G-Major Sonata and the concerto, on which Brahms was working simultaneously in 1878.

IGOR STRAVINSKY  Suite Italienne

Stravinsky's neoclassical ballet Pulcinella has long been one of his most popular works. He made no fewer than four concert arrangements, including this effervescent suite for violinist Samuel Dushkin. Stravinsky called Pulcinella "the epiphany through which the whole of my late work became possible."

DAVID FULMER  They Turn Their Channeled Faces to the Sky

An acclaimed concert violinist as well as a composer, David Fulmer appears frequently with new-music groups in New York and has written chamber music for a variety of ensembles. This short piece, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for Stefan Jackiw and Anna Polonsky, shows his penchant for busy, shimmering surfaces and instrumental virtuosity.

RICHARD STRAUSS  Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18

Written in 1887, when Strauss was just 23 years old, this engaging sonata was his last piece of chamber music. As such, it contains the seeds of the musical genius that would bear fruit in his great symphonic tone poems and operas.

Program Notes
Lead support for Carnegie Hall commissions is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Distinctive Debuts series is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for the presentation of young artists provided by The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation.

Additional endowment support for international outreach has been provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
This performance is part of Distinctive Debuts.

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