Known for his passionate artistry and engaging stage presence, pianist Jon Kimura Parker has performed regularly at the Berlin Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, London’s South Bank, the Sydney Opera House, and the Beijing Concert Hall. In 2019 he was appointed the Minnesota Orchestra’s first-ever creative partner for Summer at Orchestra Hall, a role in which he serves as a creative force behind the Orchestra’s summer festival and appears each summer as a host, performer, and personality. He is also artistic director of the Honens International Piano Competition and artistic advisor for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Highlights of his 2022-23 season included concerto appearances with the Colorado, Reading, Sarasota, Toledo, and Vancouver symphonies, as well as the San Antonio Philharmonic and Reno Chamber Orchestra; a tour of Italy as part of the Montrose Trio with Martin Beaver and Clive Greensmith; additional chamber music performances in Detroit, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and Toronto; a series of engagements at the Honens Festival in Alberta, Canada; and a solo recital in Dallas, where he was honored as Chamber Music International’s Artist of the Season.
A committed educator, Parker is professor of piano at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. His discography of a dozen albums most recently includes Fantasy, built around William Hirtz’s Wizard of Oz Fantasy. His YouTube channel features a series of Concerto Chat videos that explore the piano concerto repertoire. In addition, his Whole Notes series is available on Amazon Prime Video. He is now recording master class videos for Tonebase on major works of the piano concerto repertoire.