"... Parker does not merely perform the music, but inhabits it." [Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1]
"… Parker sailed through the [Gershwin Piano Concerto in F] as if he had written it. [He] exhibited a strong affinity for jazz idioms and excelled in Gershwin’s fast, light, syncopated passages. Particularly beautiful were his cadenzas and his interplay with the orchestra ...”
NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
“Ian Parker, a technically assured and enthusiastic young Canadian pianist, was the soloist in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue ... [he] offered a well-thought-out approach projected with extraordinarily cleanly etched textures.”
“[Parker] brought out the sweeping romanticism of the [Schumann] concerto's first movement … His approach was immediately arresting …”
“It was a show-stopping performance from Parker and the LPO …”
TIMES-PICAYUNE (New Orleans)
EDMONTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
“... [Rachmaninoff's] masterwork still holds power. Especially in the hands of Parker and the ESO ... [Ian Parker's] playing was precise and passionate, each note crystalline and clear."
“Ian Parker made deceptively easy work of the tricky passage of the third movement and the mixture of time signatures in the beautiful second movement [Ravel Piano Concerto in G]. He is a joy to listen to and watch.”
SYMPHONY NOVA SCOTIA
"The sensitivity of [Ian Parker's] touch is never compromised by his virtuosity. The evenness of his passage work is as steady and profound as the roll of the sea, and lays down a remarkable foundation, not only for speed, but for empowering him to project tunes and musical images that ring out with breathless clarity as they whiz by."
CHRONICLE HERALD (Nova Scotia)
"The night's fireworks exploded in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, primarily through the shock-absorbent forearms, wrists and fingers of virtuoso guest pianiast Ian Parker. Undaunted and with resounding brio, the gifted Parker transformed the Yamaha CFX concert grand into an arsenal of his own."
PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL
"Canadian soloist Ian Parker took the stage for Brahms' turbulent, emotional Piano Concerto No. 1, a work of infinite feeling ... Parker played this movement [Maestoso] precisely ... He is technically astonishing and a great showman ... the octaves and runs were brilliantly executed."