EMMA ACCEPTED TO MAJOR FESTIVALS

Emma will be heading off this summer to a few prestigious piano festivals around the United States! During the first week of June, she will be at Texas State University attending the Texas State Int’l Piano Festival, which includes lessons and masterclasses with faculty from around the country. Emma is proud to have been chosen from among a talented and diverse pool of high school, college, and graduate level musicians from around the world.

Following TSIPF, she will be heading out to Bowdoin, Maine, to attend the three-week long Bowdoin International Music Festival. There, she will be studying with Juilliard faculty member Matti Raekallio, as well as working and performing with chamber music groups.

One of 24 pianists through age 28, Emma was also accepted to PianoTexas Int’l Academy and Festival (formerly the Van Cliburn Piano Festival). She was awarded a full-ride scholarship!!

EMMA AND JACOB TO COMPETE NATIONALLY

Emma and Jacob just found out that they were chosen to advance to the national round of the MTNA duo-piano competition! They were selected first as the state representatives and competed just recently at the regional level. They are very proud to be chosen as the national representatives of the Midwestern region! They will compete in Spokane, Washington on March 16, playing a variety of duets by Debussy, Liszt, and even a few of Emma’s own arrangements.

EMMA AND JACOB TO OPEN FOR ICONIC ROCK BAND GOO GOO DOLLS

WE’RE SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE WE’LL BE OPENING FOR ICONIC ROCK BAND “THE GOO GOO DOLLS” IN JULY!!!!!!!!¬† A little break from mainstream classical music, we’ll be warming up the stage with a few of our favorite 80’s hits ūüôā Unfortunately it is a private concert, but we’ll keep everyone updated and be sure to check out our YouTube channel for some videos.¬† So excited!!!!

EMMA AND JACOB TAKE SECOND IN BOSENDORFER COMPETITION

We are so excited to announce that both of us took second in our respective divisions in the Bosendorfer 2018 Competition!!¬† Jacob competed with a repertoire of Bach Italian Concerto and Chopin Scherzo No 1; Emma with Beethoven Sonata Op 10 no 2 and Debussy L’isle Joyeuse.¬† Both of us were awarded a monetary przie and a chance to play in the Winner’s Concert!¬† Such a great experience with great people.¬† Looking forward to doing it again next year!

EMMA AND JACOB APPEAR WITH SHEILA E

Just these past few days, we had the opportunity to perform with legendary icon Sheila E (Prince’s fomer drummer and fiance) and her band!!!¬† Her manager reached out to us a couple weeks ago, mentioning that Sheila especially requested us to perform in her show at Paisley Park of all places for the the upcoming Celebration 2018, a massive festival celebrating the life and legacy of Prince.¬† Of course we were thrilled and accepted immediately.¬† We performed twice with her at Paisley, each show drawing about 1000 people!¬† She invited us back again as well to join her a couple days later in a show at the Varsity Theater (Minneapolis).¬† Such a great experience overall, to be immersed in such a musical culture and to be able to offer tribute to one of the world’s greatest artists.¬† We will never forget it!!!!!!

TAGGART SQUARED TO APPEAR AGAIN ON FROM THE TOP

We are headed to Boston!!! We have been invited back to perform in From the Top’s annual gala show in Boston, which will of course be aired on national radio in the beginning of June! ¬†such an honor to work again with Christopher O’Reilly and the amazing From the Top crew. ¬†Definitely tune in to hear us! ¬†Stay posted for more news and dates for airings.

JACOB WINS FIRST

Jacob would like to announce his most recent award: first place in the prestigious Thursday Musical Young Artists Scholarship Competition. ¬†As it was his first year, and the age bracket went up to 9th grade, he was quite surprised and very honored!!! ¬†He will be performing in their Winners’ Concert on April 19 at the MacPhail Center for Music.

EMMA AND JACOB TO PERFORM WITH MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA

We are so honored to announce we will be playing a total of 8 concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra in their upcoming 2018-2019 season!!! Four of them are as a result of Emma’s win of the Young Peoples’ Symphony Concert Association Competition this past February. ¬†She will be playing Grieg Concerto. ¬†The other four will feature us playing Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals.” ¬†We hope you can make it, and again, we are so excited!!! ¬†Link to tickets can be found on our Calendar as soon as they are available. ¬†Stay posted!