Recently our studio had the chance to work with world-renowned soloist Stefan Jackiw!!
Our students had an incredible time.
"Stefan Jackiw is one of my inspirations for the violin and it meant so much to have him hear me play and help me. It was because of Stefan that I began Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, and at the masterclass I really felt his love for the piece in person. He told my studio (during the Q and A) about how one's love for music is the most important aspect in a musician's career, and how if he can make someone else love a piece as much as he does, that's when something great is accomplished. I told him that he made me love Scottish Fantasy, and he signed my piano part saying "I'm so glad you love this piece as much as I do" -Stefan Jackiw."
- Coco, 15
"My masterclass experience was very enlightening! I learned how important it is to listen to and understand the entire violin concerto - both the violin solo and the orchestral accompaniment. Stefan really emphasized the importance of listening to every note and phrase of Barber (of my part and the piano's!) in order to comprehend Barber's reasoning behind his musical choices, interpret his score, and create a story."
In the masterclass with Stefan Jackiw, I played the first movement of Mozart’s fifth violin concerto. Jackiw emphasized that although Mozart violin concertos are not explicitly operas, dramatic characters manifest themselves in the emotional versatility of the pieces. He taught me how to convey these characters via variations in vibrato speed, dynamic, and bow pressure. Jackiw’s advice was extremely valuable and applicable to many of the pieces I play.
My favorite part of our masterclass with Mr. Jackiw was when he demonstrated Zapateado to show how joyful the piece should be played. It was an honor to hear him play so close up and it was interesting to see how he manipulated the violin and bow to create an amazing sound.