Toby Appel, viola
Margaret Batjer, violin
Carter Brey, cello
Rachel Buchman, teaching artist
Martin Chalifour, violin
Jeffrey Kahane, piano
Eric Kim, cello
Lachezar Kostov, cello
Alexandra Preucil, violin
William Preucil, violin
Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, violin
Joseph Swensen, violin
Viktor Valkov, piano
Aloysia Friedmann | Artistic Director violin, viola
Founder and Artistic Director of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival (www.oicmf.org) in the Pacific Northwest, Aloysia Friedmann’s broad ranging career has included national and international tours, performances with New York’s most prestigious musical ensembles including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and a special onstage role on Broadway alongside Dustin Hoffman in The Merchant of Venice. The New York Times praised her “fiery spirit” after her Carnegie Recital Hall debut.
Recent and upcoming festival performances include Amelia Island, Cactus Pear, Green Music, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Strings in the Mountains, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival, performing with musicians including Peter Schickele, William Preucil, Chee-Yun, Alisa Weilerstein, Gabriel Kahane, Lucy Shelton, the Miró Quartet and Lynn Harrell. Aloysia Friedmann is featured as both performer and producer on several festival recordings. Chamber Music America recognized Ms. Friedmann’s artistic leadership with its 2008 CMAcclaim Award and most recently she was invited to be on the 2011 CMA National Conference Committee.
In Houston, Ms. Friedmann is Associate Concertmaster for the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and also was Acting Concertmaster for Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere performances of Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair. She has taught as an Affiliate Artist of Viola and Violin at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. Ms. Friedmann graduated from The Juilliard School and also studied at the University of Washington. She is married to concert pianist Jon Kimura Parker and they have a daughter, Sophia Keila. Aloysia Friedmann plays on a Grancino violin and a Grancino viola, both made in Milan in the late 17th century.
Jon Kimura Parker | Artistic Advisor piano
One of the most sought-after performing pianists today, Jon Kimura Parker performed an unprecedented array of piano concertos in the 2010-2011 season, including Rachmaninoff No. 3, Brahms No. 2, Tchaikovsky No. 1, Barber, Gershwin, Beethoven No. 4, Beethoven “Emperor”, Grieg, and several by Mozart. A true Canadian ambassador of music, Mr. Parker has given command performances for Queen Elizabeth II, the United States 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 has performed as guest soloist with major orchestras nationally and internationally, including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The London Symphony, The Deutsches Symphonie, The Warsaw Philharmonic, and the NHK Tokyo Orchestra. Conductors he has recently worked with include James DePreist, Jeffrey Kahane, Carlos Kalmar, Jahja Ling, Andrew Litton, Peter Oundjian, Larry Rachleff, Arild Remmereit and Pinchas Zukerman.
He performs as duo partner regularly with James Ehnes, Lynn Harrell and Cho-Liang Lin. An unusually versatile artist, Mr. Parker has jammed with Audra McDonald, Bobby McFerrin and Doc Severinsen. As a member of the outreach project Piano Plus, Mr. Parker toured remote areas including the Canadian Arctic, performing classical music and rock ‘n’ roll on everything from upright pianos to electronic keyboards. In commemoration of his special performance in war-torn Sarajevo in 1995, he was a featured speaker alongside humanitarians Elie Wiesel and Paul Rusesabagina at the 50th Anniversary of AmeriCares.
An active media personality, Mr. Parker hosted the television series Whole Notes on Bravo! Canada, and CBC Radio Two’s Up and Coming. His YouTube channel features the Concerto Chat videos, promoting the piano concerto repertoire.
Last summer Mr. Parker gave a recital tour of Taiwan with Cho-Liang Lin, collaborated with Pinchas Zukerman in Ottawa, performed at Chamber Music Northwest, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and Music@Menlo, and was the featured soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival.
A committed educator, Jon Kimura Parker is Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. He has lectured at The Juilliard School, The Steans Institute, New York University, and Yale University.
“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, Marek Jablonski at the Banff Centre, and Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School.
Mr. Parker has recorded for Telarc, CBC, and OICMF. For further information, please see www.jonkimuraparker.com.