Parker Van Ostrand is a 9th grader at McClatchy High School in Sacramento. He began studying piano at the age of four. He performed at Carnegie Hall at age five after winning gold in the AADGT Competition. Since then he has returned to Carnegie Hall twice and has performed in numerous recitals throughout the United States, Singapore, and Japan. As a concerto competition winner, Parker performed with the Merced Symphony, Central Valley Youth Symphony, and California Youth Symphony. This summer he will go on tour with the California Youth Symphony to the Baltic Region and Scandinavia. He was invited to perform with the Parnassus Symphony as a guest soloist in 2017. His recent accomplishments include winning first place at the 2017 MTAC State Final Concerto Competition, Pacific Musical Society Competition, US New Star Etude Competition, and 2018 Central Valley Youth Symphony Concerto Competition. He was a finalist at the Mondavi Young Artist Competition in 2016 and 2017. He currently studies with Ms. Linda Nakagawa and Dr. Natsuki Fukasawa.
Besides piano, Parker enjoys swimming, painting, building Legos, and learning Japanese. He is a distance runner and is on his high school cross country and track team. One of his goals is to run in a marathon, in particular the Boston Marathon He is also a member of his school Mathlete Club.