Parker Van Ostrand, piano


  • J.S. Bach (1685-1750); arr. Alexander Siloti - Prelude in B minor, BWV 855a (3')
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) - Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 (1820) (20')
  • Vivace ma non troppo, sempre legato - Adagio espressivo
  • Prestissimo
  • Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
  • Wang Jianzhong (1933-2016) - Liuyang River (1975) (4')
  • Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) - La Valse, M. 72 (1920) (12')

Parker Van Ostrand currently studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) with Garrick Ohlsson and Yoshikazu Nagai.

He recently won the 2023 PianoTexas Academy Concerto Competition and performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra this past June. In 2022, he won the Gold Medal in the 71st Wideman International Piano Competition and in November, collaborated with Yuja Wang for a two-piano performance at the SFCM Gala. Last summer, he was selected to play in the inaugural G. Henle Verlag Murray Perahia Masterclass in Munich. He also toured with the California Youth Symphony to Eastern Europe last summer with Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety.” In 2020, Parker won Third Prize and the Best Sonata Award in the 10th National Chopin Piano Competition, and was one of 20 high school students nationwide named a 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

This season, Parker will be performing with the Camellia Symphony, Symphony Parnassus, the South Arkansas Symphony, the Shreveport Symphony, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra as winner of their 2023 Concerto Competition. He will also give recitals at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, the Tutunov Series in Ashland, the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, the Washington International Piano Festival, and Gretna Music with violinist Amaryn Olmeda.

Parker is from Sacramento, CA, and previously studied with Linda Nakagawa, Natsuki Fukasawa, Sarah Chan, and Jon Nakamatsu.

About the Dame Myra Hess Concerts

The concerts are generously sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and by individual donors.

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