Studio at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music

A few words about being a student, and working with students.

As a gifted young piano student, I benefited enormously from three things: incredibly supportive parents, inspired teachers, and just enough discipline to keep working hard. When I was very young, I studied with Edward Parker, who to this day is still a busy and respected teacher in Vancouver, B.C. “Uncle Edward” gave me the gift of technique and the belief that my work was worth it. My mother, Keiko Parker, listened to my practicing every day to ensure that I was sticking with the program, and taught me everything about music theory. I also worked briefly with Robin Wood at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Mr. Wood made the outrageous suggestion that there might be more than one right way to do something, and that I had the power to choose!

I graduated to Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music and later the University of British Columbia. Mr. Lee introduced me to a level of artistic detail I hadn’t ever experienced before, and he remains an inspiration to me. While at UBC I spent summers at the Banff School of Fine Arts and worked primarily with Marek Jablonski, a virtuoso of the old school, a unique human being, and an unparalleled performer of Chopin. I then went to The Juilliard School and studied with Adele Marcus. Miss Marcus taught me about tone, about the big picture, about the balance of proportion and freedom, and about how to walk onstage and make a very large black box appear to speak, and even sing. I can still hear her singing a Beethoven phrase in her New York apartment.

Many years later, here I am at the beautiful Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas, trying to pass on this wonderful legacy to a class of extraordinarily gifted young students. They all have different talents, different issues to work through, different backgrounds, and are drawn to different repertoire. What a joy it is to ‘shepherd’ them through this exciting time in their musical development. If you hear one of these remarkable young musicians perform, know that they have worked very, very hard to get to this stage.

Happy practicing,

Jon Kimura Parker

 

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December 6th, 12:11 am

Jon Kimura Parker's Piano Studio at Rice added 3 new photos — with Laura Liu and 3 others.

Saetbyeol Kim (AD) joined distinguished faculty violinist Cho-Liang Lin and fellow students Laura Liu, Zehao Sun and David Olson in a powerful and passionate Sharing the Spotlight performance of the César Franck Quintet! Expert page turning by Artem Kuznetsov (MM).
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Saetbyeol Kim (AD) joined distinguished faculty violinist Cho-Liang Lin and fellow students Laura Liu, Zehao Sun and David Olson in a powerful and passionate Sharing the Spotlight performance of the César Franck Quintet! Expert page turning by Artem Kuznetsov (MM).

December 3rd, 7:01 pm

Jon Kimura Parker's Piano Studio at Rice added 8 new photos — with Jerry Hou and 4 others.

Bravissimo to Scott Cuellar (DMA) for a truly poetic and exciting interpretation of Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto and the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, beautifully conducted by Jerry Hou! This concert marked the end of the fall semester at school and was performed for a packed house in Stude Concert Hall. Post-concert glow with Maestro Hou, Scott's proud mom Janet, Aloysia Friedmann and Jon Kimura Parker.
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Bravissimo to Scott Cuellar (DMA) for a truly poetic and exciting interpretation of Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto and the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, beautifully conducted by Jerry Hou! This concert marked the end of the fall semester at school and was performed for a packed house in Stude Concert Hall. Post-concert glow with Maestro Hou, Scotts proud mom Janet, Aloysia Friedmann and Jon Kimura Parker.

December 1st, 9:39 pm

You definitely want to hear how this ends! Scott Cuellar (DMA) in rehearsal with maestro Jerry Hou's left hand conducting the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. FRIDAY NIGHT at 8pm in Stude Hall! ... See MoreSee Less

December 1st, 11:58 am

Jon Kimura Parker's Piano Studio at Rice added 4 new photos — with Artem Kuznetsov and 5 others.

Bravo to Artem Kuznetsov (MM) for a fabulous first Master's recital featuring a gorgeous Medtner Sonata No. 2, a finely layered Debussy Images Book 1, and a thrilling Petrouchka, the final glissando of which inspired a rather exciting keyboard result... (and yes, part of my job is to clean up after my students' recitals!)
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Bravo to Artem Kuznetsov (MM) for a fabulous first Masters recital featuring a gorgeous Medtner Sonata No. 2, a finely layered Debussy Images Book 1, and a thrilling Petrouchka, the final glissando of which inspired a rather exciting keyboard result... (and yes, part of my job is to clean up after my students recitals!)

 

“absolutely top-notch music-making, as fine as one could ever expect to hear…they (the Montrose Trio) are poised to become one of the top piano trios in the world.”
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