stefan jackiw tackles 10 questions

 fiddler *stefan jackiw [“steffin ja-keef”] is only 20-something, but he is about to make his third appearance already with the oregon symphony – saturday and monday, to be precise.  he’s bringing a bit of the highlands with him; the beavs wanted to find out a little bit more:

you’re gonna perform bruch’s scottish fantasy with the band ~ how would you describe this music?

Max Bruch wrote some of the greatest pieces in the violin repertoire.  His Concerto No. 1 is one of the most frequently performed works for violin, but I think his Scottish Fantasy is under-appreciated!  Bruch takes traditional Scottish folk tunes and dance forms and expands upon them to create a 25-minute work.  In particular, I think the slow third movement, based on the traditional song Annie Laurie, is one of the most beautifully lyrical pieces for violin.

symphony #4 by LvB is also on the program ~ any thoughts on pairing the bruch and the Beethoven?

Like the Scottish Fantasy of Bruch, Beethoven’s 4th symphony is a masterpiece that is often overshadowed by some of Beethoven’s other works, particularly the preceding and following symphonies: the 3rd (Eroica) and the 5th.  I think pairing the 4th with the Scottish Fantasy creates an interesting program of wonderful works that are not so frequently played.

what’s so great about hearing classical music live?

There is an excitement, spontaneity, and unpredictability about a live concert that can’t be replicated by musicians in a recording, or experienced by music lovers listening to a recording.  For me, there is a unique feeling of being on stage in front of so many people, and sharing such mind-blowingly beautiful music with them.

awesome response – thanks!  if you could invite 3 composers for dinner, who would you choose?

I would take Mozart, Schubert, and Stravinsky out for burgers.  I love their music, and I think that combination would be pretty hilarious.

i know this is like totes violin 101, but what the heck is a double stop?

A double stop is when you “stop” two or more strings with your fingers on the the violin, and sound them together with the bow.

got it… and what kind of bow do you use?

I play on a French bow from the late 1800’s by the great bowmaker Francois Nicolas Voirin.

oh dude, what was it like playing with the *youtube symphony orchestra last year?

So fun and inspiring!  Every member of the YouTube symphony had been looking forward to going to Sydney and taking part in this special project for months, so there was an incredibly positive energy and excitement surrounding the concert.  And although it’s a cliché, the YouTube Symphony really drives home the fact music is a universal language that brings people together through a shared love and passion.

word.  hey, i read both your parents are physicists… do you find yourself preoccupied with sound waves and molecular velocity  while playing your fiddle?

Not at all…

that’s probably good.  hey, if i could buy you a drink, what would you order?

Probably a martini with a cucumber in it.

i may never ask that question again, since that’s obviously the answer i’ve been looking for all along.  so, wrapping it up here, what are your expectations for stumptown?

I’ve played with the Oregon Symphony twice before and I’ve had great experiences both times.  They sound so excellent, and they are also a pleasure to work with.  Portland is also one of my favorite cities.  I love the sort of indy vibe there, particularly in the restaurant scene.  Can’t wait to go back.

wowee, can’t wait to hear you ~ thanks so much stefan!  now where did i put my kilt…

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1 Response to “stefan jackiw tackles 10 questions”


  1. 1 JM February 2, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Thanks for the phonetic pronunciation guide for Jackiw…. Although I may keep pronouncing it the way I have been… Looking forward to Monday’s concert.


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