Parker Ramsay

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“Parker Ramsay performed with verve.” New York Times

Ramsay found the tension and excitement in Bach and performed with sure-footed authority.”   Cleveland Classical

“Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb was expertly accompanied, and Ramsay added flair to the program with his performance of Bach.”   Ionarts

“Parker Ramsay’s accompanying is a model of intelligent supportiveness.”    BBC Music Magazine 

“…playing to considerable strengths at all levels.”   Gramophone

Parker Ramsay is known internationally as one of the most accomplished and versatile musicians of his generation. Hailed by BBC Music Magazine as a “model of intelligence” and the New York Times as “playing with verve,” Parker Ramsay maintains an active solo career on three instruments: harp, organ and harpsichord. He has performed in prestigious venues on three continents, including the Concertgebouw in (Amsterdam), the Royal Albert Hall (London), the Musée d’Orsay (Paris), the National Center for the Performing Arts in (Beijing), Sejong Center for the Performing Arts (Seoul), Verizon Hall in (Philadelphia), Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall (New York City). He has performed under conductors David Hill, Alan Gilbert, Jeff Milarsky, Pablo Heras-Casado and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Festival appearances have included the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, the Dubrovnik Summer Music Festival, the Cambridge Summer Music Festival, the Cambridge New Music Project, the 800 Jahre Thomana Celebration in Leipzig, the Juilliard Focus! Festival, and the American Guild of Organists National Convention. In 2014, he was awarded First Prize at the Amsterdam International Organ Competition.

At age seventeen Parker was awarded the organ scholarship at King’s College, Cambridge where he served under the direction of Stephen Cleobury. His tenure at with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge included performing for the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in 2012, as well as six international tours and four recordings. As a harpist, Parker specializes in new music as well as repertoire for early harps. In March 2018, he will lead the University of Louisville Harp Project, premiering nine new works written for solo harp. In 2012, he premiered Marc Satterwhite’s Bravismos at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (UK). In 2015, he presented a lecture on the significance of the harp in Monteverdi’s Orfeo. He continues to work closely with composers to promote new music for the harp, including David Fulmer, Tom Morrison and Saad Haddad. As a continuo player, he has worked with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Academy of Sacred Drama, and the Shanghai Camerata. In addition to his work as a performer, he works as a staff writer for VAN Magazine (Berlin) and runs a blog, Harping On: Thoughts from a Recovering Organist.