By Larry Lemmons
Amarillo, Texas - Renowned Canadian pianist Ian Parker is performing with the Amarillo Symphony.
For the symphony's show Saturday,"Discover Brilliance", Ian Parker will be performing Chopin's Piano Concerto Number One.
Parker says, "What completely blows me and everyone else who hears the piece away is the fact that this incredibly deep and beautiful piece that has so many emotions was written by this composer when he was only nineteen. So you wonder where he'd get all this experience and these deep emotions to write such a piece like this."
Both of Ian Parker's parents played piano so it may come to no surprise that he's been playing since he was three. He's toured across the U.S., Europe and Canada to great acclaim.
Chip Chandler of the Amarillo Symphony says, "He's on the road probably nine months out of the year, living out of his suitcase. He's very highly in demand as a solo artist and we are very, very lucky to have him."
This is Parker's first visit to Amarillo and he says he's impressed by the fact that Amarillo has such an accomplished orchestra.