Jon Kimura Parker


Jon Kimura Parker Photo credit: Tara McMullen

Pianist Jon Kimura Parker is known for his charisma, infectious enthusiasm, and dynamic performances. A veteran of the international concert stage, he has performed regularly at the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, London’s South Bank, Sydney Opera House, and the Beijing Concert Hall. 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 is on the faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Recent highlights include a performance of Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement to open the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2021 Summerfest, as well as multiple other performances through the summer and regular season with the Minnesota Orchestra. Other recent concerto engagements include appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and many others. He is a regular guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, is a member of the Montrose Trio, and collaborates frequently with violinist Cho-Liang Lin and the Miró Quartet. Known to friends as “Jackie,” Parker is married to violinist/violist Aloysia Friedmann, and their daughter Sophie is a senior at Rice University.