Born, raised, and educated in Vancouver, internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker has performed as guest artist with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and with the major orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and throughout Canada. He has given recitals in London, New York, Chicago, Munich, Budapest, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Tokyo and has performed with the Tokyo Quartet and Joshua Bell.
In 2007, he gave the world premiere of Peter Schickele’s Music for Orcas Island, and in 2009, he joined Cho-Liang Lin in the world premiere of a new violin sonata by Paul Schoenfield. A versatile performer, he has jammed with Doc Severinsen and Bobby McFerrin, and collaborated with Audra McDonald and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Parker was awarded his country’s highest honor, the Order of Canada, in 1999.
Parker is professor of piano at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and serves as Artistic Advisor for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. He has recorded for Telarc with André Previn, Yoel Levi, and Peter Schickele.
“Jackie” Parker studied with Edward Parker, Keiko Parker, Robin Wood, Marek Jablonski, and Lee Kum-Sing, as well as Adele Marcus, under whom he received his doctorate at The Juilliard School.
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