SUNDAY MUSIC IN THE GARDEN ROOM
October 20, 2019
DAVID PARKER, horn and LUCAS PORTER, piano
David Parker has been Principal Horn of Symphony Nova Scotia since the year 2000.
He has also been member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonietta, and the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Toronto Symphony, Tafelmusik, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Boston Lyric Opera, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. He holds degrees from Acadia, the University of Toronto, and Boston University. Teachers: Daniel Katzen, Hermann Baumann, Eugene Rittich. Further studies include residencies at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, and the Pacific Music Festival.
Parker regularly performs in music festivals and chamber music series including the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax, the Music Room on Lady Hammond Road in Halifax, the Charlottetown Festival, Sunday Music in the Garden Room, St. Cecilia Society, Music at the Three Churches on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, Indian River Festival in P.E.I., and the New Brunswick Summer Festival.
He teaches at Dalhousie University, and the Universite de Moncton. While on a one- year sabbatical from Symphony Nova Scotia, David was the horn teacher and Centre Director of Sistema New Brunswick (patterned after the free, life-changing classical music education program founded in 1975 in Venezuela for children from the slums) in Moncton. He has continued his work with Sistema New Brunswick as brass coach and wind ensemble conductor since his return to Symphony Nova Scotia in September 2012.
A Wolfville native, Mr. Parker settled on the horn as his instrument after starting out on trumpet, and working through other instruments, trombone, clarinet, piano – and even a wee bit of guitar. He has performed in the fabled Musikverein in Vienna, and in concerts in which Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, and Lionel Richie performed.
Lucas Porter has been heralded as "a young lion of the keyboard" with "staggering virtuosity and some of the old-school pyrotechnics and unabashed romanticism of early 20th-century legends like Moiseiwitsch or even Sofronitsky" (Natasha Gauthier, Ottawa Citizen). In February of 2017, Lucas gave an "All Schubert" recital at Oberlin College, alongside several vocalists and string players. In the spring of 2016, Lucas performed Ravel’s G Major Concerto with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra. He also performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Oakville Symphony in May of 2017. In the winter of 2014, he completed a tour of 21 concerts under management of Jeunesses Musicales of Eastern Canada. In the fall of 2013, he performed Frédéric Chopin's Concerto No.2 with Symphony Nova Scotia at the Rebecca Cohn Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lucas also performed Sergei Prokofiev's Concerto No.3 with the "Mihail Jora" of Bacau Orchestra in Cantu, Italy in the summer of 2013. Lucas was accepted into the International Mendelssohn Akademie in Leipzig in July of 2014, studying with world renowned pedagogues Jacques Rouvier and Arie Vardi.
A graduate of the Glenn Gould School’s Bachelors of Music Program, he is the youngest student to date to win the school’s Concerto Competition. His competition highlights include his success at the Montreal International Musical Competition where he was an audience and media favorite. Montreal Gazette critic Robert Markow described his double octaves as being “the fastest since Horowitz, and even cleaner.”
He won the Canadian Music Competition in 2007 and 2010, as well as the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2007. He had the pleasure of playing Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with the orchestra in a joint concert with the Symphony Nova Scotia, with whom he made his orchestral debut in 2007 playing Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 2.
Chosen to represent Canada at Expo 2005 in Nagoya, Japan, he took part in a series of concerts along with Canadian soprano, Measha Brueggergosman. At the invitation of the Honourable Peter McKay, he played for Condoleezza Rice at the Halifax 9/11 Ceremony in September of 2006. He also performed in the 2011 Canada Winter Games held in Halifax. In 2013, Lucas won one of the 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Awards from Nova Scotia Talent Trust. NSTT has been very supportive of Lucas and his musical career for many years.
Also a composer, Lucas has written for piano, orchestra, and film. Lucas won the Notions Realize Music Challenge, an international composing competition sponsored by Virtuoso Works. Inc. receiving first place in the 18 and under category for best Orchestral Composition. The premiere performance of his Port Williams Overture was performed by the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra. He also wrote the score for Canadian director Navin Ramaswaran’s short film “A Fork in the Road” which premiered at “MIFF” (Mississauga Independent Film Festival) in September of 2011.
Lucas's early piano instructors were Kurt van der Basch, Barbara Hansen and John Hansen. He went on to study with world renowned piano pedagogue Marc Durand for over a decade, receiving a Master of Music from the University of Montreal in May of 2015 under Prof. Durand before studying with Prof. Dang Thai Son, the gold medalist of the International Chopin Piano Competition in 1980.
Lucas graduated with an Artist Diploma from the Oberlin/Lake Como Fellow Program in May of 2019. He studied with Prof. Stanislav Ioudenitch and had masterclasses and lessons with renowned pianists and pedagogues, including William Grant Naboré, Dang Thai Son, Martino Tirimo, Peter Frankl, and Paul Badura-Skoda. Lucas began a Doctorate in Piano Performance at the University of Montreal in September of 2019 under the tutelage of Jimmy Brière and Jean Saulnier.
The rest of the 2019-2020 SEASON
November 10: Daniel Wnukowski, piano (Debut Atlantic)
February 2: Eileen Walsh, clarinet, Gillian Smith, violin, Simon Docking, piano
March 15: Merkelo & Fung, trumpet and piano (Debut Atlantic)
May 3: Bouey-Doucet Duo, violin and piano