WRTI is celebrating THE 165TH ANNIVERSARY OF STEINWAY & SONS with a series of live broadcasts from the WRTI Performance Studio beginning this Monday at 12:10 pm with a performance by Steinway Artist Eric Fung. Tune in and enjoy!

We are pleased to share the following article by WRTI’s Kevin Gordon who will be hosting these outstanding performances:

Steinway Artist Eric Fung LIVE from WRTI 90.1: Feb. 26 at 12:10 PM

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We’re celebrating the 165th anniversary of Steinway pianos with six LIVE broadcasts from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio by Steinway artists.  Our series takes off in style on Monday, February 26 at 12:10 pm with a performance by Eric Fung. WRTI’s Kevin Gordon is host.

Eric will play the “Overture” from J.S. Bach’s Overture in the French manner, the first movement of Mozart’s Sonata in A-minor, the Intermezzo in A-minor of Brahms and Debussy’s “Le Vent dans la Plaine”.

Eric won second-prize at the Thirteenth International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig.

He has played at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Bach Festival, the Israel Festival in Jerusalem, European Piano Forum in Berlin, the Puigcerda Music Festival in Spain, the Kamerman Piano Series in Pensacola, the Lancaster International Piano Festival, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Besides being associate professor of piano at Lebanon Valley College, Eric has taught master classes across the U.S. as well as in China and Israel.

Eric’s doctorate comes from the Juilliard School, with degrees from the Eastman School of Music.

He’s in demand as a competition judge in the Delaware Valley, too, having judged the Lancaster Symphony  Concerto Competition, the Greater Princeton Steinway Society Scholarship Competition, the New Jersey Music Teachers Association Piano Competition, and MTNA Competition.

We have had many wonderful applicants for the STEINWAY PIANO COMPETITION. Registration closes April 1st and audition slots are limited so please be sure to register soon!

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This prestigious new competition just launched by Steinway & Sons offers young pianists the opportunity to compete for up to $1,000 in prize money and official recognition from this iconic world-class piano brand.

The new contest, open to artists aged 18 and under, will take place at Steinway-authorized locations throughout the United States and Canada, and Jacobs Music is pleased to have been identified as a regional host venue.

The competition will take place in our region on May 5-6 and and the Winners Recital and Awards Ceremony will take place on June 3rd at the Jacobs Music Steinway Selection Center, 1718 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia 19103.

Performances—consisting of at least two contrasting pieces of contrasting style and period—will be judged by professional piano adjudicators, and all participants will receive judges’ comments and commemorative Steinway certificates of achievement. First-, second-, and third-place winners will also receive Steinway lyre medals and recognition on the Steinway & Sons website.

Please share this exciting news with the young pianists in your life! Full contest information, including registration information, is available at www.steinway.com/competition.

The Steinway Society of South Jersey presented a wonderful Artist Recital at our Cherry Hill location last Sunday with pianist, Vincent Craig, performing works by Joplin, Florence Price, Gershwin, and Margaret Bonds.

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Dr. Vincent Craig earned his Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College where he studied with Frances Walker. He then went on to earn his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he studied with Ann Schein. By age ten he had performed a program for television station WNEW in New York, and a few years later he appeared on the USA Television Network. While enrolled at the La Guardia High School of Music and the Arts in New York he was a piano student of Jascha Zayde. He won the Scott Joplin Award from the Brooklyn Opera Society and a scholarship from the Brooklyn Chapter of the Links.

Some of Dr. Craig’s performances include appearances in New York City at the Lincoln Center Library, Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Federal Hall, in Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center, and in Washington D.C. at the State Department, among others. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival and he has studied with and accompanied master classes by many internationally famous artists. His repertoire represents over 300 years of piano literature, with a special emphasis on works by African-American composers.

Dr. Craig has also appeared as guest soloist with the Delaware County Symphony, the West Chester University Chamber Winds, the West Chester Chamber Orchestra, the Wilmington Community Orchestra, and the Chester County Pops, with whom he has served as both soloist and guest conductor.

Vincent Craig is an Associate Professor of Piano at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  In 2013 he released a CD of Bach solo keyboard music.

Thank you, Dr. Craig, for a beautiful afternoon of music in Cherry Hill!

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We were very pleased and proud to host a wonderful piano recital by Xun Pan in the Buch Organ Company showroom adjoining our Ephrata location

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Chinese-American pianist, Xun Pan, received his early musical training from his grandmother and pianists-parents, Pan Yiming and Ying Shizhen. He continued his studies at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Syracuse University in New York, and earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey. His performance on Sunday featured works by Mozart, Liszt, Peixun and Beethoven.

Dr. Pan has won many international piano competitions and awards, beginning with first prize in the 1986 China National Piano Competition in Beijing, and the “Dr. Luis Sigall” International Piano Competition in Chile in 1987, the International Festival Piano Competition in Korea in 1990, the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York in 1992, and the Artists International Competition in New York in 1993. A student of Theodore Lettvin, Xun Pan has performed solo recitals worldwide from Carnegie Weill Hall to the Beijing National Center for Performing Arts. He has performed in Moscow, Santiago, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, London, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Taipei, Budapest, Salzburg, Sicily, New York, Seoul, Pyongyang, Biel, Bern, Brussels, Vina Del Mar, Washington DC, Lisbon, Toronto, Boston, San Jose, and many other cities in the world. He “…excites his audience with extraordinary power and masterful technique.” (Intelligencer Journal)

A noted chamber musician, Dr. Pan is the pianist of the Newstead Trio and Trio Clavino. Their work has been broadcast live on radio and television, and they have released several highly acclaimed recordings. Trio Clavino toured seven cities in China with Fulbright Grants managed by US Embassy in Beijing in 2014, and again in June of this year. Xun Pan has been served as a judge in many competitions including “Frinna Awerbuch” International Piano Competition in New York, United States Music Open Competition in Oakland, CA, and Maria Clara Cullell International Piano Competition in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Dr. Pan is a Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies and Pre-College Music Division at the Millersville University of Pennsylvania Music Department, and is a visiting professor at many universities and conservatories in China, including the China Conservatory of Music, China Northwest University for Nationalities, Fuzhou University, Yantai University, Shandong University, Qinghai Normal University, and Wenzhou University. He taught and served as the Chairman of the Piano Department at Pennsylvania Academy of Music between 1996 and 2009.

Dr. Pan is one of the founding members and the Artistic Director of the Lancaster International Piano Festival in Pennsylvania.

Kids on Keys this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. on WWFM, hosted by Steinway Artist, Jed Distler

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On Saturday February 3rd at 1:00 PM, tune in to Kids on Keys, hosted by WWFM – The Classical Network and its Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler. This monthly show is sponsored by Jacobs Music Company, and showcases live performances with some of the best young piano talent in WWFM’s immediate broadcast area of Central and Southern New Jersey. You can tune in on the radio at 89.1 FM or live stream from the WWFM website.

This week’s program reprises memorable performances from past programs by young pianists Elizabeth Yang, Joshua Baw, Catherine Chu, John Kim, Anthony Cheng and Hans Derek-Yu. One of the most talked-about prodigies from the early 1980s, the Greek pianist Dimitri Sgouros will be heard in the Rachmaninov Third Piano Concerto’s opening movement, from a recording made for EMI when the pianist was fourteen.

Enjoy!

Jacobs Music’s Chief Concert Technician, Greg Sikora, and Steve Martin together at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia

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Backstage during a rehearsal at the Academy of Music, Jacobs Music’s Chief Concert Technician, Greg Sikora, enjoyed spending time with Steve Martin. Greg was there preparing the Steinway for the Academy of Music’s 161st Anniversary Concert and Ball, which took place on Saturday, January 27th. Steve Martin was a featured guest artist in the concert, which was conduted by Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

LUDOVICO EINAUDI MAKES A SPLASH

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An icy video shoot featuring Italian pianist-composer Ludovico Einaudi at a Steinway in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. Watch video here:http://fal.cn/qM-W

IN AN HISTORIC PARTNERSHIP with Greenpeace, Italian pianist–composer and STEINWAY ARTIST Ludovico Einaudi held a unique concert, part of a campaign titled “Save the Arctic.” Einaudi performed an original piece — Elegy for the Arctic — atop a floating platform off the coast of Svalbard, Norway.

Both the northernmost grand piano concert ever held and the first time a piano has ever been played on a floating platform in the Arctic, Einaudi’s performance was a serious production. Greenpeace shipped a piano from STEINWAY’S Hamburg factory to the location, and provided video and sound crews so that the event could be recorded and distributed — to the piece’s benefit. As the pianist plays his brooding and minimalistic Elegy for the Arctic, icebergs crumble in the background, adding to the drama of the work and urgency to its message.

Einaudi and Greenpeace hope to raise awareness both about global warming and about the upcoming meeting of the OSPAR Commission, in which the organization overseeing the conservation of the North-East Atlantic will opt either to protect international Arctic waters or not. With “Save the Arctic,” both artist and organization urge OSPAR to take this opportunity, their voices supplemented by the upwards of eight million people around the world who have signed a petition in support of the Arctic’s protection.

 

STEINWAY PREFERRED BY 95% OF CONCERT PIANISTS

Pianists performing with the world’s major symphonies continue to overwhelmingly choose STEINWAY & SONS, as evidenced by STEINWAY’S most recent “Box Score,” a yearly survey taken following each concert season to assess piano preference; during the 2016–17 season, 95% of piano soloists performing with orchestras played on STEINWAYS.

The survey includes data from 388 performances with 70 orchestras around the world. These orchestras reported that 388 of their piano soloists performed on STEINWAY & SONS instruments. The rating is consistent with results of surveys throughout the last decade. STEINWAYS have never accounted for less than 95% of the performances reported in a given year. It is this data that consistently supports the assertion that STEINWAY is the choice of 9 out of 10 concert artists and is the preferred instrument of countless pianists, professional and amateur, throughout the world.

VIEW 2016-2017 BOX SCORE SUMMARY

ANNOUNCING THE 2018 STEINWAY PIANO COMPETITION – UP TO $1,000 IN PRIZES

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Jacobs Music is proud to share with you some exciting news from Steinway & Sons. Steinway has just launched a prestigious new competition offering young pianists the opportunity to compete for up to $1,000 in prize money and official recognition from this iconic world-class piano brand.

The new contest, open to artists aged 18 and under, will take place at Steinway-authorized locations throughout the United States and Canada, and Jacobs Music is pleased to have been identified as a regional host venue. Performances—consisting of at least two contrasting pieces of contrasting style and period—will be judged by professional piano adjudicators, and all participants will receive judges’ comments and commemorative Steinway certificates of achievement. First-, second-, and third-place winners will also receive Steinway lyre medals.

Please share this exciting news with the young pianists in your life. Full contest information, including registration information, is available at http://www.steinway.com/competition.

Audition slots are limited and will fill quickly, so please register very soon! Registration closes April 1, 2018.

Best wishes, and good luck to you, your student, or your child in preparation for this prestigious event.

We were honored to host a wonderful All Beethoven program with Steinway Artist, YOUNG-AH TAK , at our Jacobs Music West Chester location on Sunday.

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Praised for her “winning combination of passion, imagination, and integrity” (New York Concert Review), and her “thrilling blend of fury and finesse” (San Antonio Express-News), pianist YOUNG-AH TAK enjoys a remarkable career that has taken her throughout the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany, Italy, Korea and Japan. She made her New York debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra. Subsequently, she has appeared in the United States with the Imperial, Lansing, North Arkansas and Roanoke symphony orchestras and, abroad with Filharmonia Pomorska (Poland), Oltenia Philharmonic (Romania), and major orchestras in Korea including the Korean Symphony Orchestra. Other notable performances have been presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Jordan Hall in Boston, Columbia University, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, Ravinia and Music@Menlo festivals. She has also appeared at major concert halls and international music festivals in her native Korea. Active as a chamber musician, Young-Ah Tak has collaborated with violinist Robert Mann, cellist Bonnie Hampton, the Ma’alot Quintet, and members of The Florestan Trio. She is also a passionate advocate of contemporary music, and has performed at Sequenza 21 and at the Piano Century concert series in New York City.

Ms. Tak received her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School; her Master of Music and Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory; and Doctor of Musical Arts from The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, studying principally with Leon Fleisher, Russell Sherman, Yong Hi Moon, Wha Kyung Byun, and Martin Canin. She has won top prizes in several international piano competitions. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Piano at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and is an Artist-in-Residence at Southeastern University in Florida. Ms. Tak is a Steinway Artist, and her recordings are available from Albany Records and MSR Classics. She has recently recorded for Steinway’s Spirio catalogue, becoming a Spirio Recording Artist. [www.youngahtak.com]

 

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