Credit for Instruments: David Sussan, Credit for Portrait: Terry Johnston
OPENING WEEKEND: TCHAIKOVSKY & RIMSKY KORSAKOV
SATURDAY, October 14th, 2017 at 8pm
SUNDAY, October 15th, 2017 at 3pm
Guest Conductor: Lidiya Yankovskaya
- GLINKA Ruslan & Lyudmilla: Overture
Symphony No. 1 in E minor
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D Major
Stefan Jackiw, violin
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Meet Lidiya Yankovskaya
Hailed as “superb,” “expert,” and “coax[ing] every possible expressive note from the instrumentalists,” Russian-born symphonic and opera conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya is part of Dallas Opera's inaugural Institute for Women Conductors and Marin Alsop's Taki Concordia Fellowship Program. Lidiya's recent/upcoming engagements include Wolftrap Opera, Flagstaff Symphony Opera Saratoga, Beth Morrison Project, American Lyric Theater, Brookline Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and Stamford Symphony. Currently, Lidiya serves as Artistic Director of Boston New Music Festival and Juventas New Music Ensemble, Music Director of Commonwealth Lyric Theater, guest chorus master for numerous programs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Tanglewood Festival Chorus), and as a conductor with Boston Youth Symphony. Lidiya has also served as a Conducting Fellow under Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival, where she had the privilege of assisting Maestro Maazel and filled in for him regularly in rehearsal and performance.
Current projects include serving as Artistic Director for Boston New Music Festival, conducting the world premiere of Julian Wachner's opera Rev23 and the Boston premiere of Rubinshteyn's The Demon, a Juventas collaboration with aerialists entitled Music in Flight, and engagements with Flagstaff Symphony, Stamford Symphony, and the Refugee Orchestra Project. Lidiya has also received numerous awards from the National Opera Association and The American Prize and has served as a faculty member and guest lecturer and numerous academic institutions including: Boston College, The Boston Conservatory, Harvard University, Berklee College of Music, Brandeis University, Northeastern University, Franklin & Marshall College, and others.
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Lidiya began her musical education in Russia and later immigrated to the U.S. Lidiya holds a B.A. in Music and Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa with Departmental Honors, focusing on piano, voice and conducting from Vassar College and an MM in Conducting, Pi Kappa Lambda, on a full tuition Dean's Scholarship, from Boston University. Lidiya currently resides in New York City. Learn more at www.LidiyaConductor.com
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. Hailed for playing of "uncommon musical substance" that is “striking for its intelligence and sensitivity” (Boston Globe), Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others.
Last season Stefan Jackiw performed Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall with Mikhail Pletnev, before embarking on a multi-city tour with the Russian National Orchestra. He also appeared in recital with acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk performing Ives Violin Sonatas. In Europe, Stefan returned to Amsterdam's Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and made his debut with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. And in Asia, he appeared for the first time with the Tokyo Symphony at Suntory Hall under the direction of Krzysztof Urbanski, and returned to the Seoul Philharmonic under Mario Venzago. He also toured Korea, playing chamber music with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica.
This season, Stefan will appear on tour throughout North America, including performances with the Vancouver Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony. He will also perform with Juraj Valcuha both with the Philharmonia Orchestra and RAI Turin Orchestra. Tours in Europe, will also take Stefan back to the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic with Ludovic Morlot, and to the Helsinki Philharmonic and Bern Symphony with Mario Venzago, and to the Munich Symphony. Further afield, he will appear on tour with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Shanghai and Mumbai. This season he also records Ives violin Sonata with Jeremy Denk for Nonesuch Records, ahead of their North American tour in the 2017-18 season. Previous recordings include the complete Brahms Sonatas for Sony, hailed by Fanfare as “now the recording of the Brahms sonatas to have”.
In recent seasons, Stefan toured Australia playing Mendelssohn with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and gave the world premiere of American composer David Fulmer’s Violin Concerto No 2 “Jubilant Arcs”, written for him and commissioned by the Heidelberg Festival with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie under Matthias Pintscher. Other recent highlights include performances with the St. Louis Symphony under Nicholas McGegan, and with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and performances with the Indianapolis Symphony under Krzysztof Urbanski, and the Pittsburgh Symphony under Juraj Valcuha.
Jackiw is also an active recitalist and chamber musician. He has performed in numerous important festivals and concert series, including the Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, and Caramoor International Music Festival, the Celebrity Series of Boston, New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Louvre Recital Series in Paris. As a chamber musician, Jackiw has collaborated with such artists as Jeremy Denk, Steven Isserlis, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gil Shaham. At the opening night of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York, Jackiw was the only young artist invited to perform, playing alongside such artists as Emanuel Ax, Renée Fleming, Evgeny Kissin, and James Levine.
Born in 1985 to physicist parents of Korean and German descent, Stefan Jackiw began playing the violin at the age of four. His teachers have included Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, as well as an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and is the recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He lives in New York City.
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