Jon Kimura Parker, Piano
In the past two seasons, Jon
Kimura Parker has performed as guest soloist with the New York
Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra,
the Baltimore Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the
Florida Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and
every major orchestra in Canada. This season Mr. Parker performs with
major orchestras in Atlanta, Boston, Calgary, Cincinnati, Denver, Ottawa,
Salt Lake City, San Diego, Tampa, Tokyo, Toronto, Rochester, and Warsaw.
He also returns to the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic next summer.
As a member of the outreach
project “PianoPlus,” Mr. Parker toured remote areas including the
Canadian Arctic, performing music ranging from Beethoven to Alanis
Morissette on everything from upright pianos to electronic keyboards.
He has also jammed with Doc Severinsen in Calgary and Bobby McFerrin in
Philadelphia and Baltimore. Recent summer festival appearances have
included Britt, Green Music, Vail, the Hollywood Bowl, Orcas Island,
San Diego’s Mainly Mozart, Seattle, La Jolla, Sun Valley, and Santa Fe
with Pinchas Zukerman and Lynn Harrell. Jon Kimura Parker also
collaborates regularly with the Tokyo Quartet.
An active media personality,
Mr. Parker has hosted two seasons of the classical music television
series “Whole Notes,” on Bravo! Canada. He also hosted CBC Radio Two’s
five-part series “Up And Coming,” which showcases the talents of
promising young musicians across Canada. He has played himself in a
guest appearance on the Disney Channel’s “Under the Umbrella Tree”. Mr.
Parker was also seen on CNN performing in war-torn Sarajevo and has
been documented frequently on CBC, as well as on PBS’s “The
“Jackie” Parker received all
of his early education in Canada, training with his uncle, Edward
Parker and his mother, Keiko Parker. He studied with
Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music and UBC, and Marek Jablonski
at The Banff Centre, and in 1979 was
admitted to The Juilliard School on full scholarship as a student of
the renowned pedagogue Adele Marcus.