Jon Kimura Parker

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Jon Kimura Parker
Born (1959-12-25) December 25, 1959 (age 57)
Vancouver, Canada
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Pianist
Instruments Piano

Jon Kimura Parker, OC (born 25 December 1959) is a Canadian pianist.[1]


"Jackie" was born in Vancouver, Canada, the son of Keiko Parker and the nephew of Edward Parker. His brother James Parker and cousin Ian Parker are also pianists.[2]

He appeared with the Vancouver Youth Orchestra when he was five. He began his musical education at the Vancouver Academy of Music and The University of British Columbia and later studied at The Juilliard School under Adele Marcus.


He is the recipient of many international awards, and has won famous international competitions, including the prestigious Leeds International Pianoforte Competition in 1984 at the age of 24.[3] Parker received the National Arts Centre Award in 1996, a companion award of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.[4] He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1999.

He has performed worldwide.

Parker has recorded works by Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. His recordings appear on CBC Records and the Telarc labels, among others.

He is currently Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University in Houston, Texas, and as of 2015, is part of the group "Off the Score", with Stewart Copeland, Yoon Kwon, Marlon Martinez and Judd Miller.


  1. ^ Bio for Jon Kimura Parker from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  2. ^ "Pianist Parker to play with symphony", Houston Chronicle, April 12, 2012
  3. ^ "Jon Kimura Parker", Glasgow Herald, August 27, 1985
  4. ^ "Jon Kimura Parker biography". Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 

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