"gorgeous expressiveness and vitality while keeping the performance seamless"
Jon W. Sparks, The Commercial Appeal
Adrienne Park has a wide breadth of experience performing as a collaborative pianist in chamber music and symphonic settings and also as a solo artist.
Adrienne has performed in recital with many renowned artists, including violinists Joshua Bell and Andrew Dawes, cellists Shauna Rolston and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, bassist Edgar Meyer, flutists Paul Edmund Davies, Timothy Hutchins and Tara Helen O’Connor, bassoonist Frank Morelli, saxophonist Nikita Zimin, horn artist Frøydis Ree Wekre, the percussion group NEXUS, soprano Mary Wilson, and tenor Telly Leung.
She is Principal Piano and Celeste with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Moody, a position she has held since 2004. As soloist, she recently performed the Concerto for Piano and Strings by Doreen Carwithen with MSO Assistant Conductor Kalena Bovell as part of the Masterworks Series. In addition to their symphonic series, the MSO also performs annually with Ballet Memphis, New Ballet Ensemble, and Opera Memphis.
She also performs with Iris Orchestra, directed by Michael Stern. As part of the IRIS at the Brooks series, she recently performed a recital with violinist Nancy Zhou, winner of the 2018 Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition. Iris Orchestra's roster includes musicians from some of the country’s finest orchestras, universities, and chamber groups.
Adrienne is Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at the University of Mississippi. She coordinates the Collaborative Piano area, supervises graduate collaborative piano assistants, teaches applied lessons, coaches chamber ensembles, collaborates with students for juries and recitals, and performs with faculty and guest artists. She redesigned the curriculum for Keyboard Fundamentals, a required course for music majors. In 2013, she launched Sonic Explorations, a chamber music series that highlights the talents of the university's stellar music faculty and professional musicians in the region.
In February 2021, Adrienne performed the world premiere of "Lily of the Valley" from Flower Catalog: 12 Preludes for Piano composed by American Melodist Stephanie Ann Boyd of ICEBERG New Music as part of her Sonic Explorations Concert Series at the University of Mississippi. She also enjoys performing with Blueshift Ensemble, a contemporary chamber music ensemble in Memphis, TN.
Adrienne has performed frequently with the Memphis Chamber Music Society since 2004 under the direction of Marsha McKee Evans, Artistic Director. The MCMS presents chamber music concerts in the intimate environs of landmark homes and art galleries in Memphis and the surrounding area, featuring many gifted local musicians and internationally known artists.
She was the faculty collaborative pianist for both the fall and winter residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts for six years collaborating with many outstanding resident artists. She was also on faculty during several summers as a collaborative pianist for both the string and woodwind masterclasses. The central mission of the Music and Sound program was to support and cultivate the artistic endeavors of resident artists.
As a proponent of contemporary music, Adrienne has performed many world premieres. With Kokoro Dance, she premiered Sunyata, Truths of the Blood, Dance of the Dead, Encounters with the Goddess, Sade—Part II, and Embryonic Cavatina. With Joe Ink Dance, she performed in a contemporary jazz ensemble led by composer John Korsrud to premiere Swing Theory and Seven. She co-founded the trio SqueezPlay with accordionist Douglas Schmidt and percussionist David Carlisle with cellist Shauna Rolston as guest. The group recorded a CD of original works entitled rubber horn with producer Mark S. Willsher, performing the works at the Winnipeg New Music Festival.
She has an active private piano studio in Oxford, Mississippi. Her students have been recognized for state honors as part of the Mississippi Music Teachers' Association and have also won first prize in the Southern Division of the Junior Composition Category of the Music Teachers' National Association.
Adrienne studied with Abbey Simon and Ruth Tomfohrde at the University of Houston and with Robert Silverman at the University of British Columbia. While at the Banff Centre for the Arts, she had the privilege of working closely with Isobel Moore Rolston and Tom Rolston.