Marianne Parker is an award-winning pianist and educator, in demand internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral pianist. Her debut album, Pages intimes, to be released in fall 2018, features recently discovered works by Haitian composers. Recent engagements have taken her to Singapore, Montreal, and NYC. Marianne has performed in Chicago’s Symphony Center, both as principal pianist of the Civic Orchestra and as soloist. Her work has been featured on WFMT’s Salon Series, and in prominent venues throughout the city. Marianne’s work is driven by her passion to communicate the vibrancy and variety of classical music, especially to those who have yet to discover it.
Also active as a chamber musician, Marianne co-founded the marimba and piano new music ensemble, L+M Duo, in 2016 along with marimbist Laurel Black. The duo is committed to commissioning new work for their medium by today’s composers. Currently, L+M Duo is the Ensemble in Residence at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
As an orchestral pianist, Marianne has performed under the batons of esteemed conductors Riccardo Muti, Jaap Van Zweden, Michael Tilson Thomas, Ludovic Morlot, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Michael Christy. She served as the principal pianist for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 2013-15, working closely with former Chicago Symphony pianist Mary Sauer and Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma.
Marianne is on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago, where she enjoys sharing the joy of music with students of all levels. Outside of her musical activities, Parker is an avid cyclist, hiker, and runner – having toured most of the west coast by bike with her husband, and hiked several of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks. She is also an active animal advocate, volunteering with the dog and literacy advocacy organization Sit Stay Read, as well as raising funds for Chicago’s PAWS animal shelter during the Chicago Marathon.