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

“Incredible...jaw-dropping soloist” (New Music Box)

"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 trombonist, composer, and community arts organizer living in Austin, TX. He curates SoundSpace at the Blanton Museum of Art, is the Artistic Director of COLLIDE, is an artist of Ensemble Signal, and teaches at UTSA.  Previously, he worked as a Fulbright and Harrington Scholar.

As a soloist, he has performed throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and South America.  Additionally, he has appeared at many notable festivals and venues, including Spoleto, Lucerne, Tanglewood, the Stone, Roulette, Miller Theatre, Bowerbird, and BACKFABRIK. He has commissioned or premiered over 100 new works, working closely with many leading figures of contemporary music, including David Lang, Pierre Boulez, and Helmut Lachenmann.

Steve is particularly interested in art projects that serve as community building tools. To this end, he has organized performances for 80 carhorns, honeybees, 100 marching tubas, pedicab drivers, 80 trombones, 99 percussionists, and installed large interactive instrument sculptures in parking garages and alleyways. His compositions have been featured at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Ballet Austin, the Fusebox Festival, thirdbird, the Asian Arts Initiative, and in numerous public elevators in Chinatown Philadelphia.

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).  His work has been sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, and ArtPlace.  He can be heard on NPR’s Performance Today, seen on PBS’s Newshour and Arts in Context, at the SXSW music conference, and in numerous print publications. He holds degrees in Math and Music from Oberlin, Rice, and UT Austin.

Photo Credit: Jay Janner, Bill McCullough, Jeb Lewis, Steve Sachse, Jeb Lewis

Additional Quotes

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

“Incredible...jaw-dropping soloist” (New Music Box)

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

"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)

"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)