The celebration of the 165th Anniversary of Steinway & Sons continues with CHARLES ABRAMOVIC performing LIVE from WRTI 90.1: March 2 at 12:10 PM!

We are pleased to share the following article by WRTI’s Kevin Gordon, host of these outstanding performances:

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Join us for the fifth live broadcast in our series celebrating the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons pianos, featuring Steinway artist Charles Abramovic. WRTI’s Kevin Gordon is host.

Watch the broadcast on the WRTI Facebook Page!

Charles has taught at Temple University since 1988 and is an active part of the musical life here in Philadelphia, performing with many different organizations across the city. He is a core member of the Dolce Suono Ensemble, and performs often with Network for New Music and Orchestra 2001. His repertoire includes not only the piano, but also the harpsichord and fortepiano.

His solo orchestral debut was at the age of 14 with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and he’s appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony, the Colorado Philharmonic, the Florida Philharmonic, and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra.

Charles has given solo recitals throughout the United States, France and Yugoslavia. He has also appeared at major international festivals in Berlin, Salzburg, Bermuda, Dubrovnik, Aspen and Vancouver.

He has also recorded the solo piano works of Delius, as well as making recordings with violinist Sarah Chang, and with Philadelphia Orchestra principal flutist Jeffrey Khaner.

*Special thanks to Jacobs Music for making our “WRTI 90.1 Celebrates Steinway” series possible.

Tune in to WRTI tomorrow for day four of the Steinway 165th Anniversary Celebration (or stream it live on Facebook)!

We are pleased to share the following article by WRTI’s Kevin Gordon, host of these outstanding performances:

Steinway Artist Ching-Yun Hu Plays Rachmaninoff LIVE from WRTI 90.1: March 1 at 12:10 PM

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Our celebration of the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons pianos continues on Thursday, March 1 at 12:10 pm with a performance by Ching-Yun Hu. WRTI’s Kevin Gordon is host.

Ching-Yun will play three works by Rachmaninoff: “Lilacs,” “Vocalise,” Etudes-Tableaux Opus 39, Numbers 8 and 9, as well as the Gershwin/Wild work “Embraceable You.”

Watch it LIVE on the WRTI Facebook Page!

A familiar name in Philadelphia musical circles, Ching-Yun Hu founded the Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy five years ago, a piano festival that takes place at the Curtis Institute of Music every summer. She serves on the piano faculty of the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University.

She’s also visiting professor at the Shenzhen Arts School and an honorary artist of the Henan Cultural Center in China, and founded the Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival in Taipei in 2012.

Ching-Yun Hu made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999 and has appeared at concert halls across the globe, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Aspen Music Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, Salle Cortot in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as well as in Munich, Budapest, Poland, Israel, Taiwan and Japan.

Just last week, Ching-Yun recorded a new Rachmaninoff album at the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio.

*Special thanks to Jacobs Music for making our “WRTI 90.1 Celebrates Steinway” series possible.

THE STEINWAY 165th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION CONTINUES TOMORROW ON WRTI!

We are pleased to share the following article by WRTI’s Kevin Gordon, host of these outstanding performances:

Steinway Artist Meng-Chieh Liu LIVE from WRTI 90.1: February 28 at 12:10 PM

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Join us for the third live broadcast in our series celebrating the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons pianos, featuring Steinway artist Meng-Chieh Liu on February 28th at 12:10 pm. Meng-Chieh will play Schumann’s Eintritt from Waldszenen, Messiaen’s “Le Baiser de l’enfant Jesus,” and a Rachmaninoff Polka. WRTI’s Kevin Gordon is host.

Born in Taiwan, Meng-Chieh made headlines in 1993 as a 21-year-old student at The Curtis Institute of Music when he substituted at last-minute’s notice for André Watts at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.

That concert was followed by a number of performances, including a recital at the Kennedy Center and a concert on the Philadelphia All-Star series.

An appearance with the Philadelphia Orchestra had to be called off when Meng-Chieh came down with a rare illness. He was in the hospital for a year, but his determination along with physical therapy restored Meng-Chieh to health to full and he is once again performing on the concert stage.

Last season, Meng-Chieh appeared with orchestras in Philadelphia, Miami, Beijing, Shenzhen, Kunming, Qindao, and Taichung, collaborating with conductors Long Yu, Daye Lin, Kah Chun Wong, Guoyong Zhang and David Wetherill. He was the featured soloist with the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra.

The Steinway Celebration continues on WRTI!

We are pleased to share the following article by WRTI’s Kevin Gordon, host of these outstanding performances:

Steinway Artist Maria Asteriadou LIVE from WRTI 90.1: February 27 at 12:10pm

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Join us for the second live broadcast in our series celebrating the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons pianos, featuring the Greek pianist Maria Asteriadou and her husband, violin soloist and concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra Kurt Nikkanen. WRTI’s Kevin Gordon is host.

Maria and Kurt will perform the Saint-Saens Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, op.75, Tuesday, February 27 at 12:10 pm LIVE from our Performance Studio.

Maria’s performances have taken her throughout the world, appearing in recitals and as soloist with orchestras in the United States, South America, Canada and Europe. She’s the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including first prize in performance from the State Conservatory of Greece, and top prize in the Maria Callas International Piano Competition.

She teaches at Manhattan School of Music and at Kutztown University, serves as director of the Chamber Music Outreach Program and is the Artistic Director of the Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival.

Maria has been an artist-faculty member at many festivals including the University of Michigan’s Summer Arts Institute, Canada’s International School of Musical Arts, El Paso Pro Musica, and the West Branch International Music Festival in New York.

*Special thanks to Jacobs Music for making our “WRTI 90.1 Celebrates Steinway” series possible.

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.