Artistic: Minnesota Orchestra

Posted on: October 21, 2019

The Minnesota Orchestra has named pianist JON KIMURA PARKER to the newly created position of creative partner for summer programming. He will develop programming for the orchestra’s summer festival over the next three seasons with Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the Musicians’ Artistic Advisory Committee, and artistic staff. He will serve as a host and performer beginning in the summer of 2020, plans for which will be announced in the spring. Parker first performed at the Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest in 1990 and has subsequently appeared with the orchestra many times. In the past two seasons, Parker appeared at Carnegie Hall in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and was the soloist at the Kennedy Center in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Recent performances include Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with Jeffrey Kahane and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Grieg’s Concerto with Bramwell Tovey and the New York Philharmonic, Gershwin’s Concerto in F with James Gaffigan and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony. Parker is professor of piano at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and artistic director of the Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, Canada.

Posted October 21, 2019