Christopher Bradshaw and María José Parker have been captivating audiences with four hand and duo piano performances since they formed their team in 1992. They have a wide repertoire ranging from Mozart to Gershwin, including masterpieces of the great classical composers as well as new music which they have premiered at home and abroad. In 1998, they won the second prize at the International Piano Competition Ciudad de San Sebastian, Spain. They are active recitalists in the United States and Europe, performing in Cincinnati, Philadelphia and New York, as well as in Spain, Austria, and Germany. They have appeared with the Pallisades Chamber Players in New York’s Steinway Hall, and performed Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes with the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia.
A native of Monticello, New York, Bradshaw graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then pursued his graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He has performed at chamber music festivals in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in Morges, Switzerland. He is a teacher, accompanist, and musical director in New York City. In addition to solo and duo piano performance, he enjoys collaborating with vocalists on the art song repertoire, in part due to his interest in and study of the Spanish, French and Russian languages.
Born in San Sebastian, Spain, Parker studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, as well as in Salamanca, where she earned the End-of-degree Piano Award. She continued her studies in the United States, receiving degrees in music and English literature. She has served on the faculty at West Chester University, PA, and Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and is currently on the faculty at Neumann College and Immaculata University. She has performed in both solo and chamber recitals in Spain and in the United States. Her interest in new music has led her to research and perform many works by Spanish women composers.