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María José Parker


A native of Spain, pianist María José Parker has established a versatile career that encompasses critically acclaimed solo, chamber, and orchestral appearances. She has performed widely in the United States, Spain, Germany, Austria, Romania, and Thailand.  Dr. Parker recently appeared as soloist performing Mozart's Concerto No. 21 with the Delaware County Symphony and Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the Wilmington Community Orchestra, with solo engagements from the Museo del Prado, Madrid, the Universidad Pontificia, Salamanca, and numerous Philadelphia venues. Dr. Parker has toured with Thai violinist Sittichai Pengcharoen, cellist Ovidiu Marinescu, and baritone Randall Scarlata. She performs actively in a piano duo with American pianist Christopher Bradshaw. Together, they have performed in Philadephia's Kimmel Center and New York's Steinway Hall. Additionally, they won the second prize in the 1997 international competition Ciudad San Sebastián.

An avid researcher, writer and advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Parker has studied and performed the music of Spanish women composers María Luisa Ozaita and Merce Torrents, and she has premiered the works of Elena Romero in national broadcasts from Madrid. She has worked closely with composers Arcangel Castillo, Xin Ping, and William Bolcom, and has lectured on music at international conferences in Hawaii, Italy, Spain, Greece, and Germany. Currently an Associate Professor of Music at Neumann University, Parker received her DMA and MM in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory under the direction of Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. She has taught at West Chester University, Immaculata University, and Westminster Choir College in Princeton.
María José Parker