Meet the Musicians

Meet the Musicians

Get to know the amazing musicians of the Memphis Symphony!

Adrienne Park

Adrienne Park

Principal, The Buzzy Hussey and Hal Brunt Chair

Colleges attended: University of Houston-University Park in Houston, Texas and University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 
Most influential musical teachers: Peggy McComas, Natalia da Roza, Ruth Tomfohrde, Abbey Simon, Lorand Fenyves and Tom Rolston 
First Season with the MSO: 2004-2005
Teaching Positions: I have been an adjunct instructor at the University of Mississippi as a Collaborative Pianist for the instrumental department since 2001. I was also the Collaborative Pianist for the fall and winter sessions at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada from 1994 to 2000 as well as for several summer instrumental master classes. 
As a Chamber Musician: I have performed in chamber recitals with violinist Joshua Bell, bassist Edgar Meyer, cellists Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Shauna Rolston and Michael Veit, flutists Timothy Hutchins and Paul Edmond-Davies, composer Steve Reich and the percussion group NEXUS. In Vancouver, I worked with Kokoro Dance Company for several productions and have also worked with John Korsrud's Hard Rubber Orchestra. I currently perform in the piano and percussion duo DivaDi with MSO Principal Percussionist David Carlisle. 
Appeared as a soloist with: I was honored to be invited to perform Poulenc's Concerto in d minor for two pianos with Victor Santiago Asuncion and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2011 as part of the Masterworks Series. I have been invited to perform a piano concerto with the Germantown Symphony Orchestra in the spring of 2013.
Notable achievements: One of the highlights of my life was performing percussion for David Carlisle's piece entitled Mad Cow at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis in 2009. It was thrilling to perform for approximately 1,000 percussionists who had travelled to PASIC from all over the world. Another highlight was performing at the Winnipeg New Music Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba with my trio at the time for piano, percussion and accordion called SqueezPlay. We were invited to perform an evening concert with guest cellist Shauna Rolston. We had a large crowd in the auditorium as well as some audience members behind us on stage. The production crew put together an incredible light show and also arranged our using dry ice during our quartet piece called Smokin' f Holes. For the entire festival, I was amazed at how enthusiastic the audience members were as they cheered on performances of new chamber and orchestral works as if they had been attending rock concerts. In the United States as well as Canada and Europe, I have collaborated and toured with many colleagues. I also love working in the recording studio and have had the good fortune to work with the incredible producer Mark S. Willsher on an original SqueezPlay album entitled Rubber Horn
MSO Community Involvement: I enjoy performing with the MSO Big Band at the Peabody Hotel.

 

FUN FACTS!


Favorite Memphis restaurant:India Palace, Flying Fish, Sekisui 
Describe your family and pets:We have two delightful little boys named Connor and Dylan who are an absolute joy to be around. Our family also includes a loving chihuahua/terrier mix named Comet and a beautiful cat named Bunny Carlita who I adopted from the Oxford Humane Society Animal Shelter.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go:Italy, Iceland, New Zealand. Also, South Korea and Czechoslovakia to visit distant relatives.
Favorite hobby:I love to arrange plants for our porch and am brushing up on my French. 
Age you started your instrument:
What inspired you to make music your career:I seemed to be passionate about music from the very beginning. I was inspired to start taking lessons when I heard my mother playing on an old upright that my grandfather had shipped to Maryland all the way from Mississippi. I was mesmerized by my mother's playing and the beautiful sounds coming out of the instrument. From the age of 12, I knew I always wanted to pursue music as a career.
Favorite book, movie, or TV show:Some favorite movies areBrazil, The Legend of 1900, Seven Samurai, Night on Earth, Lion in Winter, Raising Arizona, Diva, Sophie's Choice, Untouchables, Serenity, The Verdict, The Spy Who Came in from the Coldamong many others.
Favorite piece of music:Rustles of Springby Sinding, a piano solo my mother used to play on our upright.
Interesting Fact about yourself:More About Me:Other: I remember rehearsing with the MSO when I was expecting our first son Connor. While I was seated at the piano, he was very active and would move and dance around to the music---especially during the loud bits. I'm happiest when I'm with my family spending time together, cooking, singing and dancing with my boys and reading with them.