Hailed by the New York Times for her “fiery spirit,” Aloysia Friedmann is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Through her artistic leadership, OICMF has grown from a weekend event to a two-week festival and presents extraordinary performers in traditional chamber music as well as multi-media works, new choreography, composers-in-residence, and outreach programs. Chamber Music America recognized Ms. Friedmann’s artistic leadership with its 2008 CMAcclaim Award.
As a versatile New York-based freelancer for 15 years, Ms. Friedmann has performed symphonic repertoire in Carnegie Hall and rock’n’roll with Metallica in Madison Square Garden, and has appeared on Broadway in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, alongside Dustin Hoffman. She has toured Japan, Europe, and South America with prestigious ensembles including the American Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Orpheus. Ms. Friedmann was featured in the world premiere recording of William O. Smith’s Jazz Set for violin and wind quintet with her mother, Laila Storch, and the Soni Ventorum Quintet. As a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, she can be heard on over a dozen recordings on Telarc. She has also produced recordings for Jon Kimura Parker, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, and the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.
Recent festival performances include Amelia Island, Green Music, Seattle, Strings in the Mountains, Sun Valley, and San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival, of which she is a founding member. In the past two seasons, Aloysia Friedmann has performed with Peter Schickele, Martin Chalifour, William Preucil, Chee-Yun, Alisa Weilerstein, Lucy Shelton, Eric Kim, and Lynn Harrell.
Ms. Friedmann has been an Affiliate Artist of Viola at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and performs regularly with the Houston Grand Opera orchestra. She was also acting concertmaster for HGO’s world premiere performances of Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair. Chamber music appearances this season include Da Camera of Houston and the Linton Series in Cincinnati.
Aloysia Friedmann studied with her father Martin Friedmann and Emanuel Zetlin in Seattle, and with Margaret Pardee and Ivan Galamian at The Juilliard School. Ms. Friedmann is married to pianist Jon Kimura Parker and they have a daughter, Sophie. She plays on a Grancino violin and a Grancino viola. The violin was made in 1695 in Milan and the viola, circa 1675, was once owned by British composer and violist Rebecca Clarke.
Jon Kimura Parker
Internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker was born, raised, and educated in Vancouver, BC. He has performed as guest artist with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and with the major orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and throughout Canada. He has given recitals in London, New York, Chicago, Munich, Budapest, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Tokyo and has performed with the Tokyo Quartet, Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, and Cho-Liang Lin. In the spring of 2007 he performed and spoke alongside humanitarians Elie Wiesel and Paul Rusesabagina, as well as former President George H.W. Bush, at the 50th Anniversary of AmeriCares, under whose auspices he performed in war-torn Sarajevo in 1995. In the summer of 2007 he gave the world premiere of Peter Schickele’s Music for Orcas Island. A versatile performer, he has jammed with Doc Severinsen and Bobby McFerrin, and collaborated with Audra McDonald and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Mr. Parker was awarded his country’s highest honor, the Order of Canada, in 1999.
Jon Kimura Parker is Professor of Piano at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice. A committed educator, he has given master classes at the Steans Institute, the Banff Centre, the Brevard Festival, Caramoor’s Rising Stars, and The Juilliard School. He has hosted the television series “WholeNotes” about classical music, and gives recitals and lectures in remote regions of Canada as a founding member of “Piano Plus.” Mr. Parker was also seen performing on CNN and has been documented frequently on CBC, as well as on PBS’s “The Visionaries.” Mr. Parker has recorded for Telarc with André Previn, Yoel Levi, and Peter Schickele. This season Mr. Parker appears as concerto soloist with the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo and tours Canada with Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
This summer he appeared at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, and in New York in Gershwin's Concerto in F. ("Mr. Parker was an insightful, energetic soloist...the audience roared in approval." – New York Times, June 23, 2008).
“Jackie” studied with Edward Parker, Keiko Parker, Robin Wood, Marek Jablonski, and Lee Kum-Sing, as well as Adele Marcus, under whom he received his doctorate at The Juilliard School in 1988. For further information, please see www.kimura.com.