Stefan Jackiw & YTSO outdraw U2

Stefan Jackiw
21C Media Group

From 21C Media Group

When violinist Stefan Jackiw performed as soloist with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra on March 20 at Australia's Sydney Opera House, the concert was streamed live on the Web and viewed by more than 33 million people across the globe. YTSO 2011 was the largest concert event YouTube has ever produced, dwarfing superstar rock band U2's previous record of 10 million viewers. View video of Jackiw's performance with 17-year-old Venezuelan conductor Ilyich Rivas.  


"Stefan Jackiw romped through the finale of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto," noted San Francisco Chronicle critic Joshua Kosman. NPR's Tom Huizenga commented, "Jackiw played with feline agility and a sense of style." While in Sydney, the 25-year-old, Boston-bred violinist was interviewed by Dutch TV, performed Bach at a nightclub, and sent frequent Twitter updates: "Just ate kangaroo and crocodile in Sydney. Kangaroo is delicious. Crocodile is sort of like very tough slightly fishy dried chicken."  Foodies, take note...


In other news, the raves keep coming for Jackiw's Debut CD: "This is now the recording of Brahms's violin sonatas to have... If Sony or some other label doesn't record Jackiw in the entire mainstream violin repertoire just as fast as he can learn it, we will be missing out on hearing a young artist who may be well on his way to becoming one of the greatest violinists of the 21st century." - Fanfare, March/April 2011


For more information, visit, his YouTube channel or the Opus 3 Artists web site.