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Our Mission

The mission of the Steinway Society of South Jersey is to provide performance opportunities for pianists and to assist students financially with the study of the piano.

In 2009, the Steinway Society, a registered Non Profit Organization, was launched in response to a need for more affordable piano performances in South Jersey, as well as offering financial and achievement awards for talented young piano students who compete in the annual Young Pianist Competition.

  • To provide interested piano students with encouraging opportunities to compete in small events for financial and achievement awards that acknowledge motivation and accomplishment.

  • To provide our guest concert artists with an opportunity to perform in the Steinway Recital Hall at Jacobs Music of Cherry Hill.

  • To plant the seeds of culture and musical enjoyment in the young people of our region, ensuring that the mission of our Steinway Society will succeed well into the future.


Young Pianist Competition

2017 Winners

2017 Finalists

The Young Pianist Competition is a yearly event that gives young pianists a chance to showcase their performing abilities in front of a panel of judges and their peers. Judges not only listen to the performances but give feedback to the performers to help them improve, in a friendly environment.
During the year, The Steinway Society of South Jersey, in conjunction with Jacobs Music of Cherry Hill, has Recitals and Workshops to help further young and inspiring Pianists. For more information about these events please contact us or join our mailing list.

Winners for the 2017 Finalists Competition Held April 23rd, at Stockton University


Grand Prize Winner - Hans-Derek Yu (center)
Meral Guneyman - Judge (left)
Veda Zuponcic - Hans' Teacher (right)

2017 Winners

Grand Prize

Hans-Derek Yu

Senior Division
Runner Up

Elizabeth Yang

Junior Division
Runner Up

Taksh Gupta

Competition Winners for 2017
Congratulations to all of those who entered the 2017 Competition!

List by Age and Name

6: Evelyn Liu
8: Parth Gupta
9: Emma Liu
10: Taksh Gupta
11 (tie): Anastasia Kudina and Shawn Zou
12: John Kim

13 (tie): Crystal Su and John Zhang
14: Elizabeth Yang
15 (tie): Joshua Baw and Hans-Derek Yu
16: Vishal Raman
17: James Yang
18: Grace Xiong


Concerts and Events

The Steinway Society of South Jersey concert series was started to provide a intimate performance venue for piano students, piano tethers, piano artists or people who just love piano music to come and hear the piano. We feature both Classical Piano Concerts but we also offer Jazz Piano Concerts as well. These concerts are a great way to experience some of the finest pianists up close, where students can see, hear and gain ideas and inspiration about both playing or performing a piano concert.

All concerts are held at the Steinway recital Hall - Jacobs Music of Cherry Hill. Limited Seating. RSVP is suggested. All Concerts are at no charge with an option to make a donation of any amount wish will help the Steinway Society of South Jersey mission.

  • Past Concerts Artists
Meral Guneyman updated pic

Upcoming Concerts & Events 2017 / 2018

Artist Recital
Daniel Espie, pianist
Margaret Dziekonski, violinist

duo concert

About Daniel EspieAbout Margaret Dziekonski

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2:00pm

Performing works by
Beethoven, Ravel and Schubert

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Artist Recital
Anna Dmytrenko, pianist

Anna Dmytrenko

Info About

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at 7:00pm

Performing works by
Haydn, Medtner, Rachmaninoff, Barber, and Walker
$20.00 Adults - $15.00 Students & Seniors
Purchase Tickets at the Concert
Check or Cash Only

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Artist Recital
Dr. Vincent Craig, pianist

Dr. Vincent Craig

Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2:00pm

Performing works by
Joplin, Florence Price, Gershwin and Margaret Bond

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Kids on Keys Radio Show

On WWFM 89.1 FM The First Saturday Of The Month At 1 PM.

Hear Kids On Keys Live

Hosted By Joe Distler

Joe Distler


Kids on Keys

A monthly broadcast series spotlighting some of the best young piano talent in the region.
Hosted by pianist, composer, critic and author Jed Distler, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence, the program airs on the first Saturday of each month at 1 pm. Each Kids on Keys program features performances given by young artists in recital at the Lawrenceville and Cherry Hill, NJ locations of Jacobs Music Company and various venues throughout the region.
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Audio Recordings.

The Steinway Society of South Jersey offers audio recordings from the Young Pianist Competition and are professionally recorded by mSound Recording Studios. Listening to these recordings gives you a perspective of the musicianship of these young people. Currently we available the 2016 and 2017 final concerts which where held at that Stockton University Concert hall. Enjoy!

2017 Competition Winners

2017 Winners

Link To 2017 Winner Audio Files


2016 Competition Winners

2016 Winners

Link To 2017 Winner Audio File 2016


Board Members & Sponsors


Board Members

Kevin Walker


About Kevin Walker

Joseph Krupa


About Joseph Krupa

Advisory Members

  • Sonja Lynne
  • Anthony Ochuida
  • Monica Frank
  • Robert Rinaldi



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Contact Us


Contacting Us

Steinway Society of South Jersey
c/o Jacobs Music
150 Barclay Farms Shopping Center, Route 70
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Tel: 856.663.8888

Would you like to Help?

We need people to help us at our concerts, competitions and workshops. Anything from handing out fliers, programs, clean-up, set-up. Either drop us and Email. or give us a call. If you call ask for Sonja Lynne.


About Kevin Walker

Initially as a composer, Kevin focused on pop songwriting but eventually became disillusioned with the elementary style of such compositional work. To explore more complex domains of music, he enrolled at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He majored in composition and continued piano studies under concert pianist Annette Dimedio, ph.d. During his senior year, he attended a seminar at the Curtis Institute of Music given by John Ccorigliano, two-time Grammy and Oscar award winner for Best Film score. Subsequently, Corigliano asked Kevin to study privately with him. While studying with Corigliano, Kevin pursued a Masters Degree at the City University of New York. After opening mSound in 1999, Kevin has produced and recorded numerous artists and bands and has been the re-recording mixer, foley sound editor and sound sweetener on over 100 film projects. Kevin’s clients are well-served because of his musical education and experience, and his ability to interpret their needs and engineer their project from start to finish.

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About Joseph Krupa

Joseph Krupa, a member of the Music Around the County planning team, is the Minister of Music at the First Presbyterian Church in Salem, NJ and also teaches private piano students throughout South Jersey.   He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.  Mr. Krupa is a much sought after collaborative pianist for opera companies, choruses and music theater companies in the tristate area, as well as for solo singers and instrumentalists.  His principal teachers have been Willard Schultz, Steven Kemper, and, currently, Alexander Fiorillo, a former pupil of the legendary Vladimir Horowitz.  Operas that he will be performing this year include Leoncavello’s Pagliacci (Delphi Opera), Strauss’s Die Fledermaus (University of Pennsylvania) and Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor (Delaware Valley Opera).   Mr. Krupa has participated in workshops and master classes in Europe, Canada, and the western United States, studying art song with Dalton Baldwin and Martin Katz.

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Anna Dmytenko

Born in Ukraine in 1992, Anna Dmytrenko has dedicated her life to music from a young age. As a concert pianist, Anna has performed at such renowned venues as the Kimmel Center of Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Salle Cortot, Philharmonie de Paris, Teatro Sociale di Como, Teatro Fumagalli - Cantu (Italy), Yamaha Salon, Steinway Hall, St James’s Piccadilly, and Temple Emanu-El in New York. While studying in London for her Bachelor’s degree, she enjoyed performing both solo and chamber music around the UK in places such as St. Paul’s Bedford, Windsor Parish Church, St. Mary’s Perivale, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Colston Hall, Steinway Hall, and Regent Hall, amongst others.

Anna has won prizes in many international piano competitions - amongst them were first place at “Manhattan International Artists” (2016), the American Prize in Piano Performance (2015, solo, College/University Division), the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Competition, Viardo International Piano Competition, and Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition.  Anna was featured on the McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase on WQXR radio as a first prize winner in ensemble category (2010) and a third prize winner (2012) at the New York International Piano Competition. She was invited on scholarship to the Verbier Festival Academy (2016) and to Paris Play-Direct Academy (2017). Most recently, Anna was awarded 1st prize at the 27th Concorso Internazionale Pianoforte e Orchestra Citta di Cantu (Romantic) for performing Prokofiev concerto #2 (2017) and 2nd prize, the Audience Choice Award and the Best Contemporary Piece Prize at the 1st Olga Kern International Piano Competition (2016).

Anna began her studies at the Mariupol School of Music in Ukraine. Following her relocation to the United States in 1998, she furthered her musical education at the Delaware Music School as a pupil of David Brown and Jeanne Pascal. In 2004, Anna was admitted to the Juilliard School Pre-College Division to study under scholarship with Oxana Yablonskaya. She has completed her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London in the class of Christopher Elton and received a Bachelor’s degree with Regents award in 2014. She is currently based in Berlin, Germany, where she is working on a Master’s Degree at the University of the Arts with Pascal Devoyon.



Dr. Vincent Craig

He 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. Some of Dr. Craig's performances include appearances in New York City at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center Library, Steinway Hall, Federal Hall, in Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center, Settlement Music School, and in Washington D.C. at the State Department, among others. Vincent Craig is the Music Director of the Main Line Unitarian Church in Devon, PA and is an Associate Professor of Piano at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. In 2013 he released a CD of Bach solo keyboard music.


Daniel Espie

A 2013 graduate of temple University, recently attained his Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London after his studies with pianist Rustem Hayroudinoff. Recent accolades include the Jacobs Music Steinway Award(2013), the Dr. Millard E. Gladfelter Tribute Scholarship (2012) , and the second place in the Royal Academy of Music's Delius Prize. Recent performances include appearances at the Duke's Hall at the Royal Academy of music, London, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, and the Carnegie Hall in New Your City.


Margaret Dziekonski

She has given concerts with American and British orchestras, and performed at Wigmore Hall, King's Place, St. Martin in the Fields. St James' Piccadilly and St. Peter's Eaton Square. Other highlights have been performing at the Tichard Strasuss Institute in Garmish-Partenkirchen, German, and a performance on the 1714 Beechback Stradivarius at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England.