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!


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.


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!






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


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


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.


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


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.



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.



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.



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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.


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]





We are pleased to share this article from American Senior Magazine…

The Enduring Legacy of Steinway & Sons

The Company’s 164-Year Production Of Pianos Is Alive And Well In New York City


When it comes to pianos, Steinway & Sons is synonymous with excellence. Whereas technological advancements in the last century have largely displaced craftmanship in America, production of the world’s greatest piano in Queens, New York, continues to honor the step-by-step design methods created by the company’s founder, Heinrich (Henry) Engelhard Steinweg.

Steinway pianos weren’t always manufactured in the US. The first Steinway piano, called the “kitchen piano,” was secretly built by Steinweg in 1826 in his kitchen in Seesen, Germany. Some of the practices Heinrich developed in his kitchen, such as the construction of a soundboard bridge made from a single piece of wood, are still carried out by employees in its factories today. Steinweg would construct 482 pianos by hand in his native Germany before emigrating to New York City in 1850 when he changed his name to Henry Steinway.After a few years working for other piano manufacturers to understand how business was done in the US, Steinway & Sons was officially formed in 1853.Piano number 483, the first piano built by Steinway in New York City, is on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art today.

Steinway & Sons emerged as a leader in the piano making industry just before the Civil War. Henry was a pioneer in piano design, achieving the first of the company’s 126 patents in 1857. The Steinway piano, made of 85 percent wood, became the most beautifully constructed piano with an unrivaled sound quality. The company is also responsible for designing the 88 keys that most pianos have today. Each Steinway piano, which consists of more than 12,000 individual parts (3,000 of which are moving), is constructed primarily by hand, but in recent years, Steinway has incorporated cutting-edge technology without compromising the quality of its pianos. A Model D Steinway piano takes 11 months to produce from start to finish; although, the wood used to make the piano needs an additional two years to dry and age.

In the 1860s, Steinway & Sons was the largest employer in New York City. A decade later, Henry Steinway’s son William, the company’s first president, relocated most of the production facility to a 400-acre lot in Astoria, Queens. Steinway & Sons would later sell part of this land, which eventually became the site of LaGuardia Airport. Steinway also opened a factory in Hamburg in 1880, which still distributes pianos to Europe.

The family’s business strategy extended beyond design and quality. William made extensive contributions to the local community by developing Steinway Village, a “company town” to house its employees.  The company supplied public services to the community and had a post office, church, and library for its employees. It also provided English and German lessons to the workers’ children and founded one of the first kindergartens in America.

Today, the facility on Steinway Place produces approximately 1,100 grand pianos per year and is as much a museum as it is a factory. To tour the Steinway factory is like traveling through a lost era—many of the same practices and procedures developed in the 19th century still exist today. From the employees expertly bending the hard rock maple rims that give the grand piano its signature curve to the famous “bellymen” who glue the piano’s spruce soundboard by lying on their bellies, there is a deep appreciation, pride, and respect for the consistent craftsmanship and artistry in every Steinway created.



1. SHARPENS THE INTELLECT Piano practice boosts cognitive and intellectual abilities by activating similar parts of the brain used in spatial reasoning.

2. DEVELOPS PASSION AND DILIGENCE Playing piano builds these good habits through dedication and goal-setting processes.

3. MAINTAINS AN AGING BRAIN’S HEALTH Research has shown that piano lessons for older adults have a significant impact on increased levels of human growth hormone, which slows the adverse effects of aging.

4. EXERCISES THE BODY Even though you’re sitting down, playing the piano is a workout all its own, improving fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Bringing music into your life is also proven to reduce heart and respiratory rates and cardiac complications, as well as to decrease blood pressure and increase immune response.

5. ENCOURAGES CREATIVITY Music affects our creativity through enhanced brain activity. This can inspire innovative solutions and evoke memories, emotions, and experiences.

6. STRENGTHENS MEMORY Studying piano has been shown to have a remarkable effect on memory—particularly with language.

7. ELEVATES MOODS Have you ever experienced a sensation of “chills” when listening to music? Playing piano can alter emotions through the release of serotonin and dopamine, “feel-good” neurotransmitters that provide the brain with positive emotions.

8. CALMS THE MIND Time spent playing piano improves mental health: People who make music experience less anxiety, loneliness, and depression.

9. FOSTERS COMMUNITY For more than 300 years, the piano has been a staple of the home, bringing people together and strengthening communities with the power of music.

10. BOOSTS CONFIDENCE Playing piano provides ample opportunities to bolster self-esteem. The ability to respond to constructive criticism—and learn from it—helps generate a positive outlook on life.

Cristina Patel is a writer in New York City, where she resides with her husband and three sons.