Maria Jose Parker

Biography of Maria Jose Parker:

A Spanish native, 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, Morocco, Jamaica, Albania, Spain, Germany, Austria, Romania and Thailand.  Notable performances include Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 with the Delaware County Symphony, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Wilmington Community Orchestra, and Turina’s Rapsodia Sinfornica for piano and orchestra in Tirana last year under the baton of conductor Fatos Qerimaj.

In great demand as a collaborative artist, María José has toured with acclaimed Jamaican violinist Steven Woodham, Thai violinist Sittichai Pengcharoen, Romanian cellist Ovidiu Marinescu, and American baritone Randall Scarlata.  She often performs in a piano duo with American pianist Christopher Bradshaw; they have performed in Philadephia’s Kimmel Center and New York’s Steinway Hall, and they won the second prize in the 1997 international competition Ciudad San Sebastián.

With over 15 years of experience in academia, she has taught at the School of Music of the Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica, the Ecole International de Musique et Danse of Rabat, Morocco, West Chester University, Westminster Choir College in Princeton and Neumann University in the United States. 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.

Maria Jose is currently stablished in Dakar where she is enjoying teaching piano at the Ecole Nationale des Arts  and at her piano studio in Dakar.