Jon Kimura Parker

Jon Kimura Parker’s brilliant and wide ranging career has taken him from Carnegie Hall and Berlin’s Philharmonie to the Beijing Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. 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, and he has a Gold Medal from the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition.

As a member of the outreach project Piano Plus, Mr. Parker toured remote areas including the Canadian Arctic, performing classical music and rock’n’roll on everything from upright pianos to electronic keyboards. In commemoration of his special performances in war-torn Sarajevo in 1995, he was a featured speaker alongside humanitarians Elie Wiesel and Paul Rusesabagina at the 50th Anniversary of the relief organization AmeriCares.

An unusually versatile artist, Mr. Parker has also jammed with Audra McDonald, Bobby McFerrin, and Doc Severinsen, and this season performed tangos on two pianos with Pablo Ziegler. Mr. Parker also debuted his new project Off The Score in a quintet with legendary Police drummer Stewart Copeland, featuring both original compositions and fresh takes on music of Ravel, Prokofiev and Stravinsky.

An active media personality, Mr. Parker hosted the television series Whole Notes on Bravo! and CBC Radio’s Up and Coming. His YouTube channel showcases the Concerto Chat video series, with illuminating discussions of the piano concerto repertoire.

Awards and Recognition

1984 Gold Medal Leeds International Piano Competition

[Parker] has the strength and suppleness of line, variety of touch and generosity of feeling to make….tunes take wing. Bravos all around.”

The Chicago Tribune

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Concert Program

LaSells Stewart Center — May 7, 2017

Rachmaninoff
Prelude in B-flat Major, Op. 32, No. 2
Prelude in G Major, Op. 32, No. 5

Beethoven
Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 Appassionata

Hirtz
Bernard Herrmann Fantasy

Louie
Scenes from a Jade Terrace

Ravel
Jeux d’Eau

Hirtz
Fantasy on The Wizard of Oz

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