Jon Kimura Parker, piano
A veteran of the international concert stage, Jon Kimura Parker has earned accolades for his performances from audiences and critics alike, with the Chicago Tribune praising his “…strength and suppleness of line, variety of touch and generosity of feeling”, and the Toronto Star declaring him “Stunning!”.
Jon Kimura Parker has performed as guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Wolfgang Sawallisch in Carnegie Hall, toured Europe with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and André Previn, and shared the stage with Jessye Norman at Berlin’s Philharmonie. Conductors he has recently worked with include David Afkham, Carlos Kalmar, Peter Oundjian, David Robertson, Xu Zhong and Pinchas Zukerman. He has given command performances for Queen Elizabeth II, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Prime Ministers of Canada and Japan. He is an Officer of The Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian honor.
Jon Kimura Parker performs as duo partner regularly with violinists James Ehnes and Cho-Liang Lin, cellist Lynn Harrell and as on this recording, with fellow pianist Orli Shaham. With Cho-Liang Lin, he has given world premieres of sonatas by Paul Schoenfield, John Harbison and Steven Stucky. Parker also tours with the Miró Quartet, in a trio with Martin Beaver and Clive Greensmith, and in a special project with percussionist Stewart Copeland. An unusually versatile artist, he has also jammed with Audra McDonald, Bobby McFerrin and Doc Severinsen. In commemoration of his special performances in war-torn Sarajevo in 1995, he was a featured speaker alongside humanitarians Elie Wiesel and Paul Rusesabagina at the 50th Anniversary of the relief organization AmeriCares.
A committed educator, Jon Kimura Parker is Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He is also Artistic Advisor of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, where he has given world premieres of new works by Peter Schickele and Jake Heggie. His YouTube channel features the Concerto Chat video series, with illuminating discussions of the piano concerto repertoire.
“Jackie” Parker studied with Edward Parker and Keiko Parker privately, Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia, Robin Wood at the Victoria Conservatory, Marek Jablonski at the Banff Centre, and Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School. He won the Gold Medal at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition. He lives in Houston with his wife, violinist Aloysia Friedmann and their daughter Sophie. For further information: www.jonkimuraparker.com and www.oicmf.org.