Jamie Parker &
The New Gen
May 12, 2019 - 2pm
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The New Gen project pairs two of Canada's rising classical musicians - Brian Mangrum (horn) and Boson Mo (violin) - with veteran artist James Parker in a concert of solo and chamber works.
Accomplished, versatile, brilliant, are descriptors frequently linked to Canadian pianist, James Parker. To put it simply, he is among the most sought after artists. Mr. Parker's achievements are both lengthy and impressive. His musical roots can be traced to the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia where he studied with Kum Sing Lee. He then went on and received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts at The Juilliard School with Adele Marcus. Dr. Parker continues the teaching tradition as the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance on the music faculty at the University of Toronto.
Awards came early and often. Beginning in 1984 with a first prize at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, James served notice that he was a rising star. The CBC competition concurred, selecting him winner of the 25th National Competition for Young Performers. The Virginia Parker Award as the most promising young classical artist soon followed, further solidifying Parker's place as one of Canada's best. He is often invited to the international juries of such competitions as the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Honens International Piano Competition.
Concerts given by Dr. Parker consistently garner artistic acclaim. His style has earned him praise as “one of the most searching musical intellects and 10 of the nimblest fingers in the business” according to The Globe and Mail. James has enthralled audiences in North America and Europe, counting diplomats and dignitaries among his receptive audiences. He has made frequent appearances on CBC, and has performed on Bravo!, the CanWest Global Network, MuchMusic and a myriad of stations across the globe.
A consummate professional, James is recognized as a soloist, a chamber musician and as the pianist for Canada's foremost ensemble, the Gryphon Trio. Add to this his critically acclaimed performances with major Canadian symphonies like Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Quebec City, Edmonton, National Arts Centre, Symphony Nova Scotia and many in between, one is reminded of the scope of his contributions to the national classical music scene. With three JUNO recording awards and many other nominations from his vast discography, James Parker continues to graciously strive to do it all.
James Parker is a Steinway Artist.
BRIAN MANGRUM, HORN
Recently appointed Principal Horn of the Columbus Symphony in Ohio, Brian Mangrum grew up in a musical family based in Montréal. He started taking horn lessons from Denys Derome at the age of twelve and furthered his studies John Milner at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in 2011-2012, and completed his DEC (diplôme d’études collégiales) at Marianopolis College from 2012-2014 in John Zirbel’s studio. He attended Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music as a student of Bill VerMeulen’s, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in May 2018. Brian started his appointment in Columbus during the 2018 summer season.
In previous summers, Brian attended the Festival de musique du Domaine Forget (2013-2014), National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO) 2015 where he was the recipient of the Award of Excellence. Mr. Mangrum has also been awarded the New Horizons Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School (2013-2014, 2016-2017) where in 2016 he performed Richard Strauss’ 1st Horn Concerto as the Winner of the Brass Concerto Competition. Last November, he was awarded 1st Prize in the brass category of the Orchestre symphonie de Montréal’s Concours Manuvie 2017.
BOSON MO, VIOLIN
Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as having “stole(n) the show…with his rousing assertion of Fauré’s Violin Sonata” at his 2016 Da Camera of Houston debut, violinist Boson Mo has received great acclaim for many of his performances. Third Prize laureate at the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Boson was named as one of Canada’s “30 under 30 Top Classical Musicians of 2015” by CBC Radio-Canada. He is a recipient of the “Prix Joseph-Rouleau” at the 2010 Montreal International Violin Competition as well as a top 25 candidate at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, and is a winner of Canada’s prestigious Sylva Geber Foundation Award. Additionally, he is a two-time winner of violins on loan through the Canada Council for the Arts-Musical Instrument Bank competitions.
Boson has been featured as Young Artist in Residence of American Public Media’s “Performance Today,” and has been broadcast both nationally in the U.S., internationally on Radio New Zealand, and CBC Radio-Canada. He has performed as soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia, Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil, the CIM Orchestra, and the F.A.C.E. Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared at such festivals as Aspen Music Festival and School, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Festival Pontiac Enchanté, as well as Music@Menlo’s Winter Residency. He has toured Canada under the auspices of Debut Atlantic and Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. His 2018 performances include FIAF New York City, Festival de Lanaudière (Québec), Vancouver Chamber Music Society, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Kalmia Gardens Music Festival, and Festival Emilia-Romangna in Italy.
Boson is an alum of Music@Menlo’s International Program, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Perlman Music Program (New York), the Banff Centre, the International Holland Music Sessions, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, and Italy’s Casalmaggiore International Music Festival. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Boson is completing a Doctoral degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University under Paul Kantor. Boson currently performs on a violin by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Joseph Curtin.