In the realm of Canadian pianists, James Parker, quite simply, is among the best known. Accomplished, versatile, brilliant, are descriptors all frequently linked to this most sought after artist. Mr. Parker’s achievements are both lengthy and impressive. Jamie’s musical roots can be traced to the Vancouver Academy of Music and University of British Columbia where he studied with Kum Sing Lee.
During the summers he studied with Marek Jablonski and chamber music with Lorand Fenyves at the Banff Centre. He then went on to complete his Masters and Doctoral degrees with Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School. Dr. Parker continues the teaching tradition as the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance and is the Head of Keyboard Studies in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. A consummate professional, James is recognized as a soloist and chamber musician.
He is the pianist for Canada’s foremost ensemble: the Gryphon Trio, who perform over 50 concerts annually. Add to this Mr. Parker’s critically acclaimed performances with major Canadian symphonies like Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, National Arts Centre, Nova Scotia and many in between, one is reminded of the scope of his contributions to the national classical music scene. With twenty discs recorded to date, many Juno Nominations and three Juno Awards, James Parker has established himself as one of the important recording artists of his generation. Participation in the premiere of over 70 Canadian compositions has also solidified his reputation in the new music scene.