ABOUT MARÍA JOSÉ PARKER
Dedicated Teacher, Versatile Performer
A native of Spain, María José Parker has established a versatile career that encompasses critically acclaimed solo, chamber, and orchestral appearances. She has performed widely in the United States as well as in Albania, Austria, France, Germany, Jamaica, Morocco, Romania, Senegal, Spain, and Thailand.
She has appeared as soloist with the Tirana University of the Arts Symphony, the Delaware County Symphony, and the Wilmington Community Orchestra under the baton of conductor José Ignacio Martínez del Pulgar. She has had solo engagements from the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the Universidad Pontificia in Salamanca, and from numerous venues in Philadelphia.
As a collaborative artist, María José has performed with such musicians as Thai violinist Sittichai Pengcharoen, Romanian cellist Ovidiu Marinescu, Jamaican violinist Steven Woodham, Albanian clarinetist Fatos Qerimaj, and American baritone Randall Scarlata.
An avid researcher and writer, María José has presented lectures on music at international conferences held in Hawaii, Italy, Spain, Greece, and Germany. She is former faculty at West Chester University, PA, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and Neumann University in Astan, PA. She earned a Doctorate and a Master in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory under the direction of Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. Earlier, she completed her Bachelor of music with first-class Honors at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid. She also holds a Bachelor degree in English Philology from the University of Salamanca.