Jane Parker-Smith is one of the world's leading concert organists, acclaimed by the critics and public alike for her musicianship, virtuosity and interpretative ability. Her studies at the Royal College of Music in London were crowned with a number of prizes and scholarships, including the Walford Davies Prize for organ performance. After a further period of work with the concert organist Nicolas Kynaston, a French government scholarship enabled her to complete her studies in Paris with the legendary blind organist Jean Langlais, perfecting the knowledge and understanding of twentieth-century French organ music for which she is today internationally renowned.
She made her London debut at Westminster Cathedral at the age of twenty, and two years later made her first solo appearance at the BBC Promenade Concerts in the Royal Albert Hall. She has since performed in concert halls throughout the world. She has recorded a wide range of solo repertoire for RCA, Classics for Pleasure, L'Oiseau Lyre, EMI, ASV, Collins Classics and Motette. In addition, she has collaborated with the renowned Maurice André in a duo recording of music for trumpet and organ. She has performed numerous times on radio and television with special feature programmes on both German and Swiss television. She appears frequently at international festivals and is often invited to be a jury member for organ competitions.
Highlights in her concert career have been performances in such major festivals as the City of London, Bath and Three Choirs Festivals in England, with appearances in the International Celebrity Recital Series at Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and St. Paul's Cathedral in London; abroad she has played in the Internationale Orgelwoche Nürnberg in Germany, the Jyväskylä Arts Festival in Finland, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Festival Paris Quartier d'Été in France, the Festival L'Europe & L'Orgue Maastricht in Holland, Festival Internationale di Musica Organistica Magadino in Switzerland, the Athens Organ Festival in Greece. She also gave four solo concerts as a guest recitalist at the American Guild of Organists National Centennial Convention in New York and two concerts at the American Guild of Organists National Convention in Philadelphia.
Jane Parker-Smith's extensive concerto repertoire has brought her performances with many leading orchestras, including the BBC Symphony and the BBC Concert Orchestras, the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, the Philharmonia, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Athens State Orchestra and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with conductors of the stature of Sir Simon Rattle, Serge Baudo, Carl Davis, Vernon Handley, Matthias Bamert and Richard Hickox.