Dakota Jackson comes from a musical background, with an appreciation for collecting instruments. He has performed concerts at Carnegie Hall and continues to play recitals for Steinway & Sons internationally. In 1978, his love of the piano lead him to opening a piano factory alongside his furniture manufacturing in LIC New York. Steinway invited Jackson to design a piano for the 300th anniversary of the instrument in the year 2000. Dakota Jackson continues his partnership with Steinway as well as designs and co-creates custom pianos for personal clientele.