Name Christopher Parkening
Instruments classical guitar
|Born December 14, 1947 (age 68)Los Angeles, California (1947-12-14) |
Education University of Southern California
Movies Glory to God Alone: The Life of J.S. Bach
Albums Parkening Plays Bach, The Great Recordings, In the Spanish Style, Pleasures of Their Company, Grace Like a River
Similar People Kathleen Battle, Iona Brown, Jubilant Sykes, John Williams, Andrew Litton
Christopher parkening on andr s segovia guitar talks with benjamin verdery
- Christopher parkening on andr s segovia guitar talks with benjamin verdery
- Christopher Parkening Spanish Dance No 1 Duet
Christopher Parkening - Spanish Dance No. 1 (Duet)
Parkening was born in Los Angeles, California. His cousin Jack Marshall, a studio musician active in the 1960s, introduced Parkening to the recordings of Andrés Segovia when he was 11 and encouraged his classical guitar studies. By the age of 19 he had embarked on a professional career of regular touring and recording.
Segovia has stated that, "Christopher Parkening is a great artist—-he is one of the most brilliant guitarists in the world."
At age 30, Parkening withdrew from public performances and recording seeking a respite from the demands of a professional career and a chance to pursue his hobby of flyfishing. During this period Parkening rarely played guitar choosing instead to focus his attention on his Montana ranch and trout stream. While visiting his Southern California home in winter; a neighbor invited Parkening to the Grace Community Church. Profoundly affected by this experience Parkening returned to recording and performing with a renewed sense of purpose. He then released Simple Gifts, an album of traditional Christian hymns arranged for classical guitar. His autobiography Grace Like a River was published in 2006.
Parkening has recorded extensively for Angel and EMI Classics. He has been nominated twice for a Grammy Award. Notable recordings include Parkening Plays Vivaldi featuring a selection of Baroque concertos, Pleasures of Their Company with soprano Kathleen Battle, produced by Patti Laursen and nominated for the 1986 Classical Record of the Year Grammy Award as well as the world premiere recording of Peter Warlock's Capriol Suite with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
As an educator, Parkening has been instrumental in cementing the guitar's reputation and esteem within academia. He created the guitar department at the University of Southern California in 1969, when he was only 22, and he was serving as the head of the department when he first retired from public performance at age 30. During his famous sabbatical from the guitar, spent mostly fly-fishing in Montana, he agreed to found a guitar department at Montana State University, and he did what he terms a "token" amount of teaching at MSU during this time. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music from Montana State University in 1983. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Music and Chair in Classical Guitar at Pepperdine University, where, in addition to his work with guitar majors, he also teaches a public master class. As of 2013, Parkening has said that he is retired from the concert stage and is focused on his family and teaching.
Christopher Parkening lives with his family in Southern California.