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steve parker

composer // trombonist // curator

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Steve Parker is a musician, curator, and arts organizer living in Austin, TX.  He worked previously as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, a Harrington Scholar at UT Austin, and has been awarded support from the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtPlace, New Music USA, the Copland Foundation, and the Puffin Foundation.  

As an interpreter, Steve has performed at leading festivals in the US, Europe, Asia, and South America, including the Lincoln Center Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic inSIGHT festival, the Lucerne Festival with Pierre Boulez, Tanglewood, the Guggenheim Museum, the Spoleto Festival, Roulette, and the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago). As a soloist and as a member of NYC-based "new music dream team" Ensemble Signal, Steve he has premiered over 200 new works, and has worked closely with composers Helmut Lachenmann, Charles Wuorinen, Corey Dargel, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang. His performances can be heard on NPR’s Performance Today, PBS Newshour, and on Bridge, Cantaloupe and Mode Records.

As an artist, Steve creates work at the intersection of performance, installation, public art, and social practice. He has presented work at Art Basel Miami, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Asian Arts Initiative, the Fusebox Festival, the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Austin. Past projects include work for 1.5 million bats, megaphone choir, and hand-built echolocation devices; a work for amplified honey bee hive and a carillon; a participatory work for 60 automobile horns played by amateurs via intuitive graphic score; interactive musical instrument sculptures made from reclaimed brass instruments, organ pipes, and bicycles; large-scale, immersive spectacles for 100 tubas, 80 trombones, and 99 percussionists; and site-specific projects for lagoons, public elevators, and parking garages.

Steve's work has been awarded the "Best of Austin" award by Austin Chronicle and recognized by the the Austin Critics' Table Award in various categories (Chamber Music, Instrumental Soloist, Composer, and Public Art Project).  He holds degrees in Math and Music from Oberlin, Rice, and UT Austin.

Mastermind...inventive and irreverent programming” (Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle)

"Incredible, jaw-dropping soloist” (New Music Box)

"Music in a traditional auditorium is well and good, but if we've learned one thing from Steve Parker, it's that all the world's a concert hall. His boldness and fervor inspire us and carloads of other music lovers to go off-roading with him at every opportunity. Honk if you love Steve Parker!" (Austin Chronicle)

"There was only one problem with Steven Parker's wonderful performance of "Sequenza V": a sorry lack of clown shoes." (The New York Times)

"Steve Parker [is] a trombone rockstar: he plays in Ensemble Signal and is a professor at UTSA. But in addition to his playing, he organizes art events around Austin, where he uses parts of the city as source material for his work....It seems that Steve always has a new and adventurous project up his sleeve." (Natalie Zeldin, KMFA)