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 The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music is proud to present Canadian pianist Ian Parker in recital.

Sunday 14 October | Port Theatre | 3:00 pm

“It was a show-stopping performance from Parker…”

Times Picayune (New Orleans)

“Ian Parker’s musical pyrotechnics on Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F drew vigorous applause.”

San Francisco Symphony

On Sunday 14 October, the magnetic young Canadian pianist Ian Parker will perform at the Port Theatre.

Born in Vancouver to a family of pianists, Ian Parker began his piano studies at age three with his father, the renowned Edward Parker.  Ian holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School.

Easy going and delightfully articulate, Ian Parker captivates audiences around the world.  Performances include appearances with the symphonies of Illinois, Vancouver, Victoria, Buffalo, Calgary, Louisiana, Cincinnati, Edmonton, Honolulu, Quebec, Regina, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Spokane, Toronto, and Virginia, as well as with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Vogler Springs Festival in Sligo, Ireland, and the Kammermusik Festival in Hamburg, Germany.  Ian Parker made his Lincoln Center debut in 2004.  He has recently been named the Artistic Director of the Kay Meek Centre in North Vancouver.

Ian Parker is known for his electrifying interpretations of Gershwin’s music, and Nanaimo audience members will be thrilled to know that he includes a Gershwin work in his appearance here in October.  His program – called “Variations” – will also offer works by Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven, and Brahms.  Ian will be giving a master class on Friday 12 October at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music at 7:00 pm.

Since 1999, the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music has been presenting internationally acclaimed Canadian artists as part of its mandate to promote the appreciation of classical music and Canadian artists.  Through these concerts, the NCM raises funds for music instruction programs, bursaries, and scholarships.

Tickets for the recital are available via the Port Theatre’s box office at or by phone at 250.754.8550.

Adults $40 | Groups (10+) $30 | Students $20

Observer tickets for the master class are $20 and are available through the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music

For more information, contact the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music

250.754.4611 |



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If you are enthusiastic, interested in what the NCM does, and want to collaborate with a great group of people, consider applying to join our board of directors!

To apply, please get in touch with NCM Executive Director Barbara Livingston
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