Accomplished soloists and chamber musicians Jon Kimura Parker, Martin Beaver and Clive Greensmith join forces to offer an exciting new piano trio that will showcase their impeccable playing and captivating performance style.
A veteran of the international concert stage, Jon Kimura Parker has performed as guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, toured Europe with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Andre Previn, and shared the stage with Jessye Norman at Berlin’s Philharmonie. A true Canadian ambassador of music, Mr. Parker has given command performances for Queen Elizabeth II, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Prime Ministers of Canada and Japan. In commemoration of his special performances in war-torn Sarajevo in 1995, he was a featured speaker alongside humanitarians Elie Wiesel and Paul Rusesabagina at the 50th Anniversary of the relief organization AmeriCares. He is an Officer of The Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian honor.
As a chamber musician, he performs as duo partner regularly with James Ehnes, Lynn Harrell, Orli Shaham, and Cho-Liang Lin. He had the honor of being the last guest pianist to work with the Tokyo String Quartet in its final season last year. During 2013-14, in addition to performing with Martin Beaver and Clive Greensmith, he appears at the Hong Kong Festival with Gary Hoffman, Vadim Repin and Joyce Yang, and on tour with the Miró Quartet.
Jon Kimura Parker has recorded for Telarc, the CBC and under his own label. His newest recording, Fantasy, featuring the Schubert Wanderer Fantasy, the Schumann Fantasy and William Hirtz’s brilliant fantasy on themes from The Wizard of Oz, is scheduled for release in early 2014. His recent CD, Rite, includes world premiere recordings of his solo piano transcriptions of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Petrouchka. Mr. Parker is Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. His students have won international piano competitions and performed with major orchestras across the U.S..
Martin Beaver and Clive Greensmith were both members of the Tokyo String Quartet, long regarded as one of the supreme ensembles of the world. During its 43-year history, the Tokyo collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings and had served on the faculty of the Yale University School of Music as Quartet-in-Residence since 1976.
Martin Beaver joined the Tokyo Quartet as first violinist in 2002. An eminent chamber musician, he was also a founding member of two Canadian ensembles: the Toronto String Quartet and Triskelion. He has appeared with the Boston Chamber Music Society and Bargemusic, as well as at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and the Ravinia Festival. As a soloist, Mr. Beaver has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Orchestra of Belgium and the Portuguese Radio Orchestra, among others, and has given recitals in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Tokyo, Brussels and London. He was a top prize-winner at the international violin competitions in Indianapolis and Montreal, and won a silver medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. Mr. Beaver is currently on the violin faculty of the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.
Cellist Clive Greensmith was a member of the Tokyo Quartet for 14 seasons. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and the Musikhochschule in Cologne, his principal teachers were Donald McCall and Boris Pergamenschikow. He has held the position of principal cellist of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, and the RAI Orchestra of Rome. He has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as András Schiff, Midori, Claude Frank and Steven Isserlis, and has won several prizes including second place in the inaugural “Premio Stradivari” held in Cremona, Italy. Mr. Greensmith has served on the faculties of the Royal Northern College of Music, Yehudi Menuhin School and San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is currently on the faculty of the Colburn Conservatory.
The Montrose Trio last performed for La Jolla Music Society on the Revelle Chamber Music Series on February 6, 2016.