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Tri County Concerts is delighted to bring Stefan Jackiw, violinist and Anna Polonsky, pianist to their Emerging Artists Series. The Chicago Tribune described Stefan Jackiw as "he has everything he needs to make an exceptional career for himself-flawless technique, precocious musical understanding and a sweet singing tone."
Jackiw and Polonsky will perform on Sunday February 2. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 104 Louella Avenue, Wayne, PA at 3PM. Jackiw will perform works by Stravinsky, Brahms, Frederic Brahms and Strauss. Meet the artists at a complimentary Post-Concert Reception. General Admission Tickets, $20.00, seniors $15.00. Students and children are free. Call 610-649-25l7 for reservations.
Stefan Jackiw made his professional debut at the age of 12, when Boston Pops Director invited him to perform on Opening Night in 1997, playing the Wieniawski Violin Concerto No.2. Within a year of that appearance he played with the Minnesota Orchestra. In 2000 he made his European debut with the Philharmonic Orchestra in London. The critically acclaimed performance landed Jackiw's picture on the front page of The Times. It was reported that a 14 year old violinist took the London music world by storm.
In 2013 Jackiw performed the Mendelssohn Concerto with the Detroit Symphony and with the Royal Philharmonic under Charles Dutoit. In 2010-2011 he played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Marin Alsop. More than once during his young career he has been called upon on short notice to fill in for other noted violinists in 2002 for Pamela Frank with the Baltimore Symphony. This led to a continuing relationship with that orchestra, which included a tour of Japan in 2002 and a performance at the Winter Arts Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia a year later. Among other American orchestras with which he has collaborated are the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony. Jackiw performed several high profile chamber music recitals. This past summer he appeared at a number of music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and Seattle Chamber Music Society.
Born in 1985 to physicist parents of Korean and German descent, he began playing the violin at the age of four. He 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. He makes his home in New York City.
Anna Polonsky is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with The Moscow Virtuosi, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and many others. She is regularly invited to perform chamber music at festivals such as Marlboro, and at Bargemusic in New York City. In 2006 she took part in the European Broadcasting Union’s project to record and broadcast all of Mozart’s keyboard sonatas and in 2007 she performed a solo recital a Carnegie Hall.
Polonsky made her solo piano debut at the age of 7 at the Special Central Music School in Moscow, Russia. She emigrated to the United States in 1990 and received her Bachelor of Music diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Peter Serkin. She earned her Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School. Polonsky was a recipient of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and in 2011 the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award. In addition to performing, she serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College.