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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.”

Ian Parker Official Website

Ian Parker performs with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra!

Gershwin's Greatest - Pops Concert

Friday, April 21, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington, IL

Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, Springfield, IL

Vladimir Kulenovic, Conductor
Ian Parker, Piano

Gershwin Promenade (Walking the Dog) - Gershwin I Got Rhythm Variations - Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue - Gershwin Porgy & Bess: Symphonic Picture - Gershwin An American in Paris

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