Jon Kimura Parker
Known for his passionate artistry and engaging stage presence, pianist Jon Kimura Parker has had a brilliant and versatile career that has taken him from Carnegie Hall and Berlin’s Philharmonie to the Beijing Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Last season, Parker performed as concerto soloist with the New York Philharmonic and Bramwell Tovey; the Chicago Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra with Marin Alsop; The Milwaukee Symphony with Lawrence Renes; the IRIS Orchestra with Michael Stern; the Naples Philharmonic with Andre Boreyko; and the Minnesota Orchestra with Gilbert Varga. He toured Off the Score with iconic Police drummer Stewart Copeland in the spring of 2016, and throughout the season gave twenty concerts with the newly formed Montrose Trio, featuring violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith.
A committed educator, 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.
Parker has recorded for Telarc and CBC, as well as his own label. His new album Fantasy features fantasies of Schubert and Schumann, as well as the sensational Wizard of Oz fantasy by William Hirtz, receiving this praise from Classical Candor: “The reading is riveting. Parker scores with another favorite recording of the year.”
Parker studied with Edward Parker, Keiko Parker, Lee Kum-Sing, Robin Wood, Marek Jablonski and Adele Marcus. 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, visit www.jonkimuraparker.com