Marianne Parker, pianist

Since spring of 2017, Marianne has collaborated with the Crossing Borders Music Collective and The Society for the Research and Diffusion of Haitian Music to present solo recitals featuring remotely known Haitian classical works for piano. Most recently, Marianne performed this program at the Ignatian Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. Previous performances have been broadcast live on WFMT’s Salon Series. With the support of a generous grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Marianne will record an album of these works in the summer of 2018. In the fall of 2017, Marianne was a featured soloist with the University of Chicago-Illinois’ Wind Ensemble for a concerto grosso commissioned as part of a consortium from composer John Hennecken. Marianne was a finalist for the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Artist Residency in 2017.

Also active as a chamber musician, Marianne co-founded the marimba and piano new music ensemble, L+M Duo, in 2016 along with marimbist Laurel Black. The duo is committed to commissioning new work for their medium by today’s composers. Currently, L+M Duo is the Ensemble in Residence at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

As an orchestral pianist, Marianne has performed under the batons of esteemed conductors Riccardo Muti, Jaap Van Zweden, Michael Tilson Thomas, Ludovic Morlot, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Michael Christy. She served as the principal pianist for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 2013-15, working closely with former Chicago Symphony pianist Mary Sauer and Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma.

Marianne is on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago, where she enjoys sharing the joy of music with students of all levels. Outside of her musical activities, Parker is an avid cyclist, hiker, and runner – having toured most of the west coast by bike with her husband, and hiked several of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks. She is also an active animal advocate, volunteering with the dog and literacy advocacy organization Sit Stay Read, as well as raising funds for Chicago’s PAWS animal shelter during the Chicago Marathon.