Taggart Squared is so excited to announce that they took first place in their first ever duo compeition on January 7th, 2018!!!  They competed Emma’s original arrangement of Mozart’s Rondo alla Turca, wowing a crowd of more the 350 people!  The competition took place at the prestigious International Center at the 5-star Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO.  Both Emma and Jacob are so honored and delighted to have been chosen as the winners from a pool of some of the most talented duo teams in the world! They will definitely continue to compete in many more duo competitions!


This past August, Emma and Jacob were invited to participate in the Grand Piano in Palace Int’l Piano Festival and Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia!!! They had lessons with master pianists from around the world, performed in prestigious Russian palaces and concert halls, and played concertos under the baton of Alexey Rubin, conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic.  They also were awarded the Grand Prix of the festival and were offered a scholarship to return next year. In addition to this, they were also invited to play a small tour in the near future in both Russia and Japan.

Emma and Jacob Play in Masterclass with Anderson and Roe

Just this past summer, Taggart Squared was able to play in a masterclass at Kent State University with our idols, prestigious piano duo Anderson and Roe!! We went through an extensive audition process and were extremely happy and honored to finally be chosen.  We played a Bach Cantata that Emma arranged, as well as one of Anderson’s own arrangements- Schubert’s “Der Erlkonig.”  It was a great experience overall and we received some priceless tips on both interpretation and arranging!!!

Emma Announced a 2017 MN Varsity Showcase Artist

The votes have been counted, and the judges have tallied up their scores.  Emma is excited to announce that she has been chosen as a 2017 Minnesota Varsity Showcase Artist!!!  She will be appearing at Minnesota Public Radio’s Fitzgerald Theater on April 30 in the Showcase Concert.  In addition to this, she will also be the recipient of  few college scholarships.  Thank you so much for all of the support- every vote counted- and we hope to see you at the concert!

Tickets are free, but a reservation is required.  Click here for more details, or call the Fitzgerald Theater box office at 651-290-1200.

Vote for Emma!!!!

Emma is currently a finalist in the Classical Minnesota Public Radio competition MN Varsity.  An online audience vote will determine one of the five final “Showcase Artists” who will perform live at the Fitzgerald Theater on April 30 (in addition to receiving scholarships) .  Public voting is now open through 11:59 pm on March 26.  Cast your vote for Emma here.   Feel free to pass on this information to friends and family.  Thank you for all the support!

Emma and Jacob to Appear on “From the Top.”

We are excited to announce that Emma and Jacob were chosen to appear on the nationally syndicated NPR radio show, “From the Top.”

Appearing on “From the Top” is widely recognized as the pinnacle for young classical singers and musicians of all genres.

Emma and Jacob will be performing at the Ordway in St. Paul on November 13th.

For more information of for tickets, please click here.