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Music students perform with world-renowned pianist

Two students standing with pianist Jon Parker
Pictured left to right: Professor Jeremy Samolesky, Jake Evans, Naomi Hill and Jon Kimura Paker.

 

Two music students recently performed with world-renowned pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Naomi Hill and Jake Evans, both majoring in piano performance, played with Parker during a masterclass held at the Gogue Performing Arts Center.  

"I am thrilled that our students had the wonderful opportunity to perform for one of the world’s leading pianists in Jon Kimura Parker. Receiving critique by an artist of this stature goes a long way in shaping their artistry as professional musicians," said Jeremy Samolesky, professor of piano.

Jon Kimura Parker is a founding member of Off the Score, where he performs with legendary Police drummer Stewart Copeland. He has also toured Italy and the USA as a founding member of the Montrose Trio, with violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith. Parker’s YouTube channel features the Concerto Chat videos, promoting the piano concerto repertoire. He is a professor of piano at Rice University in Houston, and is the founding Artistic Advisor of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Parker studied at the Vancouver Academy of Music, the University of British Columbia, the Banff Centre, and The Juilliard School. He won the Gold Medal at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition.

Last Updated: December 10, 2019