Jane Parker-Smith is one of the world’s leading concert organists, acclaimed by the critics and public alike for her musicianship, virtuosity and interpretative ability.
Her studies at the Royal College of Music in London were crowned with a number of prizes and scholarships, including the Walford Davies Prize for organ performance. After a further period of work with the concert organist Nicolas Kynaston, a French government scholarship enabled her to complete her studies in Paris with the legendary blind organist Jean Langlais, perfecting the knowledge and understanding of twentieth-century French organ music for which she is today internationally renowned.
She made her London debut at Westminster Cathedral at the age of twenty, and two years later made her first solo appearance at the BBC Promenade Concerts in the Royal Albert Hall. She has since performed in concert halls throughout the world.
She has recorded a wide range of solo repertoire for RCA, Classics for Pleasure, L’Oiseau Lyre, EMI, ASV, Collins Classics, Motette and AVIE. In addition, she has collaborated with the renowned Maurice André in a duo recording of music for trumpet and organ. She has performed numerous times on radio and television with special feature programmes on the BBC, German and Swiss television.
Highlights in her concert career have been
performances in major venues and international festivals such as Westminster
Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Royal Festival Hall; Royal
Albert Hall, London (both solo and concerto performances); Three Choirs
Festival, City of London Festival, Bath Festival and Blenheim Palace (Winston
Churchill Memorial Concert) in the UK; Jyväskylä Festival, Finland; Stockholm
Concert Hall, Sweden; Hong Kong Arts Festival;
Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Canada; Festival Paris Quartier D’Été,
France; Festival Cicio El Organo en la Iglesia, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Festival Internationale di
In 1996 she gave four solo concerts at the American Guild of Organists National Centennial Convention in New York City. She was also a featured artist for the AGO National Convention in Philadelphia in 2002, and for the AGO Region II Convention in New York City and the AGO Region V Convention in Columbus, Ohio, in 2007.
Jane Parker-Smith’s extensive concerto repertoire has brought her performances with many leading orchestras, including the BBC Symphony and the BBC Concert Orchestras, the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, the Philharmonia, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Athens State Orchestra and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with conductors of the stature of Sir Simon Rattle, Serge Baudo, Carl Davis, Vernon Handley, Matthias Bamert and Richard Hickox.
Miss Parker-Smith is an Honorary Fellow of
the Guild of
Current as of April 2009