David Shenton

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Variations

Joanne Polk


Steinway & Sons presents a virtuosic take on the holiday favorite Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town. A brilliant set of variations by composer David Shenton incorporating each of Chopin’s 24 etudes in a thrilling performance by pianist Joanne Polk.



"Polk plays with total conviction and mastery."



“Polk is a splendid pianist, sensitive musically, supple in phrase, brilliant in technique.” 

American Record Guide


I was overwhelmed by the pianism of Joanne Polk”. 

The Classical Music Guide





Album Credits

David Shenton: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Variations / Joanne Polk  • STNS 30167 

Release Date: 11/06/2020

Recorded at Steinway Hall, New York City on July 28, 2020.

Producer: Jon Feidner
Engineer: Lauren Sclafani
Assistant Engineer: Melody Nieun Hwang
Editing: Kazumi Umeda
Mixing and Mastering: Daniel Shores

Executive Producers: Eric Feidner, Jon Feidner
Art Direction: Jackie Fugere 

Cover Illustration: Andrew Rangell
Photo of Joanne Polk: Jeffrey Langford Photography
Production Assistant: Renée Oakford
Design: Cover to Cover Design, Anilda Carrasquillo
Piano Technician: Lauren Sclafani
Piano: Steinway Model D #607799 (New York)

About the Artist

Pianist Joanne Polk received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees from The Juilliard School, and her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Manhattan School of Music. In 2014, Joanne Polk was named as one of Musical America’s Top 30 Professionals of the Year in an article titled, “Profiles in Courage.” Ms. Polk’s profile focused on her work promoting the music of women composers.  

Ms. Polk recently completed a five-city, three-week concert and master class tour of Taiwan and China. In Febrary 2020, Steinway & Sons released Ms. Polk's highly acclaimed album Louise Farrenc: Etudes & Variations for Solo Piano. In 2019, two of Ms. Polk’s CDs, Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn and her Steinway & Sons release The Flatterer: Piano Music of Cécile Chaminade, were included on New York City’s classical radio station WQXR’s Essential Piano Recordings. Polk is a member of the piano faculty of Manhattan School of Music, and is an exclusive Steinway artist.

About Steinway & Sons label

The STEINWAY & SONS music label produces exceptional albums of solo piano music across all genres. The label — a division of STEINWAY & SONS, maker of the world’s finest pianos — is a perfect vessel for producing the finest quality recordings by some of the most talented pianists in the world.

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