CALGARY, AB — Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition is pleased to announce the appointment of pianist Jon Kimura Parker as Artistic Director. Mr Parker assumes his new role in January 2018.

“This is a historic day,” said Honens President, Neil Edwards. “Jon Kimura Parker, apart from being one of the most highly respected pianists and teachers in the world, is a Canadian icon. A better fit for Honens I can’t imagine. We look forward to 2018 with great anticipation.”

Parker is one of Canada’s most celebrated pianists, enjoying a multi-faceted international career performing with leading orchestras and in recital on the world’s great concert stages. A committed educator, he is also Professor of Piano at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. Jon Kimura Parker has had a long relationship with Honens, having served on the 1992 and 2012 Competition juries. He values Honens’ artistic philosophy of discovering a unique, imaginative and informed artist—an emerging Complete Artist whose distinctive voice, versatility and communication skills demonstrate the level of preparation required to embark upon a successful career.

“Honens represents the highest standards of what a piano competition should be. The triennial Competition and annual Festival have become focal points of artistic and musical expression for the city of Calgary and, indeed, for all of Canada. Having performed in Calgary for more than 30 years, I have always been met with the warmest possible welcome and a sense of joy in discovering the artistic possibilities of great piano music,” said Jon Kimura Parker. “I am absolutely thrilled to become the Artistic Director of Honens. This is a beautifully-run organization dedicated to increasing awareness about the vast riches of piano music and to identifying young musicians who have artistic vision.”

Honens discovers, nurtures and presents Complete Artists—21st century pianists for 21st century audiences. The Honens Piano Competition takes place every three years and is considered one of the world’s most prestigious events of its kind. Honens prepares its Laureates for the rigours and realities of professional careers in music and creates opportunities for growth and exposure. The annual Honens Festival is one of Canada’s premier piano events. The 2017 Honens Festival takes place in Calgary, September 8 to 11. The next Honens Piano Competition will be held in 2018.

Esther Honens created a legacy of musical excellence to be enjoyed for generations. In 1991, knowing she was near the end of her life, Mrs Honens gave $5 million to endow an international piano competition in her hometown of Calgary. Her generosity, vision and love of music continue to touch the lives of Calgarians, Canadians and musicians and music-lovers around the world. Honens Legacy Partners follow in Esther Honens’ footsteps by securing Honens’ future. They support achievements in realizing Esther Honens’ vision, including wide reaching programming through the annual Festival and enriching community outreach projects.


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