Jon Kimura Parker
piano (harpsichord August 15, Chamber Music on Lopez Island)
Pianist Jon Kimura Parker is known for his charisma, infectious enthusiasm, and dynamic performances. He was recently named Creative Partner for the Minnesota Orchestra’s Summer at Orchestra Hall, serves as the Artistic Director for the Honens International Piano Competition and Artistic Advisor for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and has been on the faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University for 20 years. He has been a guest lecturer on concerto performance at The Juilliard School.
Mr. Parker performs widely with the Montrose Trio (together with violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith), and tours regularly with violinist Cho-Liang Lin. As a founding member of Off the Score, he also performed with Stewart Copeland – the legendary drummer of The Police – for the OICMF 20th Anniversary Season, featuring his own arrangements of music by Prokofiev, Ravel, and Stravinsky. Mr. Parker’s YouTube channel features a series of Concerto Chat videos, which explore the piano concerto repertoire.
Jon Kimura Parker studied with Edward Parker and Keiko Parker, Lee Kum-Sing, Marek Jablonski, and Adele Marcus. After winning the Gold Medal at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition, Mr. Parker has gone on to become an Officer of The Order of Canada and to receive Honorary Doctorates from the University of British Columbia and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
“Jackie” Parker is married to violinist and violist Aloysia Friedmann, and their daughter Sophie is a graduate of Rice University. For further information, please visit www.jonkimuraparker.com, www.montrosetrio.com, www.minnesotaorchestra.org, www.offthescore.com, www.oicmf.org, and www.honens.com.