Magnetic, easy-going and delightfully articulate, Canadian pianist Ian Parker captivates audiences wherever he goes. He has appeared with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, Edmonton Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, National Symphony, Quebec Symphony, and the symphonies of Toronto, Vancouver, Virginia, and Winnipeg, among others.
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. Hemade his Lincoln Center recital debut at theWalter Reade Theater in 2004. Mr. Parker regularly collaborates with the internationally renowned Vogler Quartet on tours throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as the Vogler Springs Festival in Sligo, Ireland and the Kammermusik Festival in Hamburg, Germany. As duo-recitalist, he has toured with violinist Augustin Hadelich in the U.S. and Canada during the 2009-10 season.
2009 was a year of great recording activity: in addition to the the present recording, he also recorded an all-fantasy solo CD for Azica Records. Under his new exclusive contract with ATMA, two more CDs will be released over the next three seasons. First Prize winner at the 2001 CBC National Radio Competition, Mr. Parker also won the Grand Prize at the Canadian NationalMusic Festival, the Corpus Christie International and
Montreal Symphony Competitions. At Juilliard, he received the 2002 William Petschek Piano Debut Award and won the Gina Bachauer Piano Scholarship Competition twice. He is heard regularly on CBC Radio, and performed live onWQXR (hosted by Robert Sherman) in NewYork.
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 fromThe Juilliard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky.While at Juilliard, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded himthe Sylva Gelber Career Grant, which is given annually to the “most talented Canadian artist.”