• Dennis Parker cello

    Dennis Parker, cello

    Dennis Parker was born in New York City and began his cello studies at the age of six. He received his early training with Channing Robbins of the Juilliard School, and later earned degrees from Indiana University and Yale University, where he worked with Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot, respectively. Inspired by a variety of musical activity, Parker performs frequently as a soloist, recitalist, collaborator, and guest professor at universities and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Recent tours have taken him to Asia, South and Central America, and Eastern and Western Europe. He is actively involved in the expansion of the existing cello repertoire and has transcribed many works for his instrument. A Haymon Professor of Music, Parker has taught Cello and String Chamber Music at the Louisiana State University School of Music since 1988. Prior to his tenure at LSU, Parker served as Principal Cellist of the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A committed pedagogue, Parker released a DVD and instructional manual, the “Popper Manifesto” in 2002. This project remains the first and only complete recorded performance and instructional manual of David Popper’s “High School of Cello Playing.” Parker’s CDs with the Centaur label include “Cello Matters”, which features music for cello and piano by Liduino Pitombeira, Daniel Schnyder, David Baker, and Astor Piazzolla, and “Uplifting Discoveries from a Generation Lost”, a recording of chamber music by composers who perished in the Holocaust (Erwin Schulhoff, Gideon Klein, Viktor Ullmann and Hans Krasa). “Homage to Fiddlers”, a recording of Russian composer/pianist Ivan Sokolov’s “Sonata for Cello and Piano”, “Piano Trio”, and Duos for Cello and Violin by Viktor Kalabis and Jan Vicar, with violinist Karen Bentley Pollick, was released in 2010 by Ariel Ventures. Other projects include Parker’s transcriptions of Mozart's “Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major” K219, and “Sinfonia Concertante in Eb for Violin and Viola” K364 and are the first recordings of these works adapted as Cello Concerti. Concurrent with the CD’s release is the publication of editions of Parker’s transcriptions. Another CD features the entire cello output of distinguished Brazilian composer, Walter Burle Marx. Parker gave the world premiere of his “Cello Concerto” in 2006 in Brasilia with the Brazilian National Orchestra, its U.S. premiere in 2009 with the L.S.U. Symphony, and in January 2013 the work was premiered in Turkey with the Istanbul State Orchestra. “Stolen Sonatas “showcases three more of Mr. Parker’s transcriptions with pianist, Jennifer Hayghe: Debussy’s “Sonata for Violin”, Poulenc’s “Sonata for Flute”, and Enesco’s “Sonata No.3 for Violin and Piano”. Parker maintains an active touring and performing. This past summer in Guayaquil, Ecuador, he gave the world premiere of the cello concerto by Ecuadorian composer Luis Umberto Salgado. When not playing cello, Parker, an avid woodworker and sculptor, creates objects that extend his musical expression and complement the delicate act of performance with the risky business of maneuvering wood through various cutting and shaping devices. For more information: www.dennisparkerland.com