Sunday, March 29, 2015
2 pm, Winnipeg Art Gallery
Accomplished, versatile, brilliant, are descriptors frequently linked to
Canadian pianist, James Parker. To put it simply, he is among the most
sought after artists. Mr. Parker’s achievements are both lengthy and
impressive. His musical roots can be traced to the Vancouver Academy of
Music and the University of British Columbia where he studied with Kum
Sing Lee. He then went on and received his Master of Music and Doctor
of Musical Arts at The Juilliard School with Adele Marcus. Dr. Parker continues
the teaching tradition as the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano
Performance on the music faculty at the University of Toronto.
Awards came early and often. Beginning in 1984 with a first prize at the
Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, James served notice that he was a rising
star. The CBC competition concurred, selecting him winner of the 25th
National Competition for Young Performers. The Virginia Parker Award as
the most promising young classical artist soon followed, further solidifying
Parker’s place as one of Canada’s best.
Concerts given by Dr. Parker consistently garner artistic acclaim. His style
has earned him praise as “one of the most searching musical intellects
and 10 of the nimblest fingers in the business” according to The Globe
and Mail. James has enthralled audiences in North America and Europe,
counting diplomats and dignitaries among his receptive audiences. He
has made frequent appearances on CBC, and has performed on Bravo!,
the CanWest Global Network, MuchMusic and a myriad of stations across
A consummate professional, James is recognized as a soloist, a chamber
musician and as the pianist for Canada’s foremost ensemble, the Gryphon
Trio. Add to this his critically acclaimed performances with major
Canadian symphonies like Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Quebec City,
Edmonton, National Arts Centre, Symphony Nova Scotia and many in
between, one is reminded of the scope of his contributions to the national
classical music scene. With three JUNO recording awards and many
other nominations from his vast discography, James Parker continues to
graciously strive to do it all.
His programme of music for the afternoon will feature compositions by
Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Frédéric Chopin!
James Parker is a Steinway Artist.
Tickets $25 Students $5 (at door only)
Tickets available at McNally Robinson Booksellers, at the door, and by calling 204-944-9431.
Please join us for an incredible afternoon of music and fellowship!