"Mr. Parker was an insightful, energetic soloist...the audience roared in approval."
The New York Times
Known for his passionate artistry and engaging stage presence, pianist Jon Kimura Parker has performed as guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Wolfgang Sawallisch in Carnegie Hall, toured Europe with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Andre Previn, and shared the stage with Jessye Norman at Berlin’s Philharmonie. Conductors he has recently worked with include Teddy Abrams, Pablo Heras-Cassado, Claus Peter Flor, Hans Graf, Matthew Halls, Jeffrey Kahane, Peter Oundjian, Larry Rachleff, Bramwell Tovey, Xu Zhong and Pinchas Zukerman. A true Canadian ambassador of music, Mr. Parker has given command performances for Queen Elizabeth II, the U.S. 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.
Listen to Jon Kimura Parker talk about music an concert life here.
"I'm here because, first of all, there is nothing more exciting to me than to play a piano concerto, with a student orchestra. That is totally my jam," he said.
Having played in the city several times over his long, storied career, Parker says it's always a treat to come back.
"I have very fond memories of being here," he said.
"I'm originally from Vancouver, and just being on of the coastal ends of the country for me, I feel like I'm at home."