Jon Kimura Parker
A veteran of the international concert stage, with multiple solo appearances in the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, London’s South Bank, the Sydney Opera House, and the Beijing Concert Hall, Jon Kimura Parker continues to perform to great acclaim. In 2016, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, and this past May was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He was invested as an Officer of The Order of Canada in 1999.
This past season Mr. Parker was guest soloist at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony, and appeared with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
As a founding member of Off the Score, Mr. Parker performs with legendary Police drummer Stewart Copeland, featuring his own arrangements of music by Prokofiev, Ravel, and Stravinsky. He also tours as a founding member of the Montrose Trio, with violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith.
His YouTube channel features the Concerto Chat videos, covering the piano concerto repertoire. Mr. Parker is Professor of Piano at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, and has lectured at The Juilliard School, Yale, and Princeton. He is the founding Artistic Advisor of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.
“Jackie” Parker studied with Edward Parker and Keiko Parker, Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia, Marek Jablonski at Banff Centre, and Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School. He won the Gold Medal at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition. He is married to violinist/violist Aloysia Friedmann, and their daughter Sophie is a student at Rice University. For further information, please see jonkimuraparker.com.