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Ian Parker

Ian Parker piano

Magnetic,  easy-going and  delightfully  articulate,  Canadian  pianist Ian Parker captivates audiences wherever he goes. He has appeared with   the   philharmonic   orchestras   of     Buffalo,   Calgary,   Erie, Hamilton   and   Louisiana,   as  well  as  the   Cincinnati   Chamber Orchestra,  the   Cleveland   Orchestra  at   Blossom,   Hong   Kong Sinfonietta  and the symphonies  of Cincinnati,  Edmonton, Eugene, Greenwich,  Honolulu,  Kitchener-Waterloo, Long Beach,  National (Washington, D.C.), Okanagan, Pensacola,  Quebec,  Regina,  San Francisco,  Toronto,  Vancouver,  Victoria, Virginia,  and Winnipeg. Highlights  of the 2015/2016 season include appearances  with the Gulf Coast, Santa Barbara,  and Spokane  symphonies,  in addition  to performances  with  the  Lions Gate  Sinfonia  and  the  Maui Pops Orchestra.

An enthusiastic  recitalist,  Mr. Parker has performed  across the United  States,  Western  Europe, Israel, and throughout Canada on tours with Debut  Atlantic and Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. He made his Lincoln Center  recital debut  at the Walter  Reade  Theater  in 2004.  Recent  recital appearances   include  the  Camerata   Musica  and  the  North   Okanagan  Community   Concerts Association. He collaborated  with the Vogler Quartet for Chamber  Music Vancouver, and toured for the first time with the Borealis Quartet in the Vancouver Islands. 

Mr.  Parker  was  first  invited  to collaborate  with  the  internationally  renowned  Vogler Quartet during  its twentieth  anniversary  tour in 2005-06 throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Following the tour’s tremendous  success, he was invited to join them again for several concerts in the spring of 2006, and  has continued  to tour  with them  regularly  ever since.   The Vogler Quartet has also invited him to perform  in the Vogler Springs  Festival  in Sligo, Ireland,  and the Kammermusik Festival in Hamburg. A new collaboration  has recently  begun with the exciting, up-and-coming Attacca Quartet.

Ian Parker is also an active recording artist.  In the fall of 2010, a CD of concerti (Ravel Concerto in G, Stravinsky  Capriccio,  and Gershwin  Concerto  in F), recorded  with the London  Symphony under  Michael  Francis,  was released  by ATMA  Classique.    An all-fantasy  solo CD  on Azica Records,  including  the  fantasies  of Chopin,  Schumann,  and  Beethoven  (Op.  27, Nos.  1 and  2 “Quasi una Fantasia”), was released in the summer of 2010.

First  Prize  winner  at the 2001 CBC National  Radio Competition,  Mr. Parker  has also won the Grand   Prize   at  the  Canadian   National   Music   Festival,   the  Corpus   Christie   International Competition  and  the Montreal  Symphony  Orchestra Competition.  At The Juilliard  School,  he received the 2002 William Petschek  Piano Debut  Award and, on two occasions, was the winner of the Gina Bachauer  Piano Scholarship  Competition.  Heard  regularly  on CBC Radio, he has also performed live on WQXR  (hosted by Robert Sherman)  in New York.

Born in Vancouver to a family of pianists, Ian Parker began his piano studies at age three with his father, Edward Parker. He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. While at Juilliard, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Sylva Gelber Career Grant, which is given annually to the “most talented Canadian artist.”

October 2015

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