Jon Kimura Parker


Jon Kimura Parker Photo credit: Tara McMullen

Known for his passionate artistry and engaging stage presence, pianist Jon Kimura Parker continues to perform to great acclaim. In the past two seasons he appeared at Carnegie Hall in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and was guest soloist at the Kennedy Center in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. He also performed with LACO, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony. As a founding member of Off the Score, he performs with legendary Police drummer Stewart Copeland, and he toured Italy and the USA as a founding member of the Montrose Trio, with violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith. His YouTube channel features Concerto Chat videos, promoting the piano concerto repertoire. He has recorded for Telarc and CBC, and on his own label. His recent CD features fantasies of Schubert and Schumann, as well as the sensational Wizard of Oz Fantasy by William Hirtz. “Jackie” Parker studied in Vancouver with Edward Parker and Keiko Parker, 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. He won the Gold Medal at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition. He is a professor at Rice University, and is the founding artistic advisor of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. He is the artistic director of the Honens Piano Competition and Festival, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.