Christopher Parkening (born December 14, 1947) is an American classical guitarist. He holds the Chair of Classical Guitar at Pepperdine University under the title Distinguished Professor of Music.
Biography [ edit ]
Parkening was born in
Los Angeles, California. His cousin Jack Marshall, a studio musician active in the 1960s, introduced Parkening to the recordings of Andrés Segovia when he was 11 and encouraged his classical guitar studies. By the age of 19 he had embarked on a professional career of regular touring and recording. [1 ]
Segovia has stated that, "Christopher Parkening is a great artist—-he is one of the most brilliant guitarists in the world."
[1 ] [2 ]
Parkening withdrew from public performances and recording seeking a respite from the demands of a professional career and a chance to pursue his hobby of flyfishing. During this period Parkening rarely played guitar choosing instead to focus his attention on his Montana ranch and trout stream. While visiting his Southern California home in winter; a neighbour invited Parkening to the
Grace Community Church. Profoundly affected by this experience Parkening returned to recording and performing with a renewed sense of purpose. He then released [3 ] Simple Gifts, an album of traditional Christian hymns arranged for classical guitar. His autobiography Grace Like a River was published in 2006. [4 ]
Parkening has recorded extensively for Angel and EMI Classics. He has been nominated twice for a
Grammy Award. Notable recordings include Parkening Plays Vivaldi featuring a selection of Baroque concertos, Pleasures of Their Company with soprano Kathleen Battle, produced by Patti Laursen and nominated for the 1986 Classical Record of the Year Grammy Award as well as the world premiere recording of Peter Warlock's Capriol Suite with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. [5 ]
Christopher Parkening lives with his wife, Theresa, and son Luke in
Southern California. He has taught a public master class at Pepperdine University.
Partial discography [ edit ]
The Christopher Parkening Album, Angel S-36069
In the Classic Style—Bach, Angel S-36019
In the Spanish Style—Albéniz, Angel S-36020
Parkening Plays Bach, Angel S-36041
Romanza, Angel S-36021
Christopher Parkening—A Bach Celebration with Ron Ravenscroft and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (1990), EMI Classics ASIN-B000002RNL
Christopher Parkening Plays Bach (1990), EMI Classics ASIN-B000002RNJ
Christopher Parkening with David Brandon—Virtuoso Duets (1990), Angel ASIN-B000002RQ9
In the Spanish Style/Christopher Parkening (1990), EMI Classics ASIN-B000002RNK
Pleasures of Their Company with Kathleen Battle (1990), EMI Classics ASIN-B000002RNM
Simple Gifts (1990), Angel ASIN-B000002SJJ
A Tribute to Segovia (1991), Capitol ASIN-B000002RQ8
Artistry of Christopher Parkening (1993), EMI Classics ASIN-B000002RTK
The Great Recordings—By America's Preeminent Guitar Virtuoso (1993), EMI Classics ASIN-B000002RTR
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez; Walton: 5 Bagatelles with Andrew Litton and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1993), EMI Classics ASIN-B000002RT5
Christopher Parkening Plays Vivaldi Guitar Concertos & Warlock Capriol Suite (1994), EMI Classics ASIN-B000002RU3
Angel's Glory with Kathleen Battle (1996), Angel ASIN-B0000029TS
Celebrates Segovia (1998), EMI Classics ASIN-B00000AGKF
Elmer Bernstein—Concerto for Guitar—E. Bernstein—Albeniz—Marshall (2000), EMI Classics ASIN-B00004ZDLL
Grace Like A River (2006), Angel ASIN-B000F2CAN8
Christopher Parkening Collection (2 CDs), Musical Heritage Society ASIN-B000B5GPA8
100 Best Guitar (6 CDs)(2008) EMI Classics
References [ edit ]
^ a b Chappell, Jon; Mark Phillips (2009). . Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. p. 297. Classical Guitar for Dummies ISBN 978-0-470-46470-0 . Retrieved September 5, 2011.
^ Stevenson, Joseph. "Biography: Christopher Parkening". Allmusic . Retrieved 9 July 2010.
^ Parkening, Christopher, and Kathy Tyers. Grace like a River. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2006. Print. p. 153.
^ Parkening, Christopher, and Kathy Tyers. Grace like a River. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2006. Print. Whole book.
^ "Christopher Parkening Official Website" . Retrieved 31 March 2011.
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