Graham Parker

General Manager, WQXR & Vice President, NYPR

(646) 829-4400

Graham Parker is the General Manager of WQXR, the most listened to classical station in the country and New York’s only all-classical station. WQXR was acquired by New York Public Radio in 2009, and quickly established itself as an essential part of the New York Public Radio family of brands. 

Over the past several years, Parker has overseen and implemented an ambitious growth plan that puts WQXR front and center in New York’s thriving classical music scene. While serving WQXR’s loyal fan base with long-established programs like Exploring Music and Young Artists Showcase, the station has cultivated new audiences by integrating on-air offerings with live events and digital offerings. During Parker’s tenure, WQXR has launched a new national series, Carnegie Hall Live, pioneered critically acclaimed festivals including Beethoven Awareness Month and presented a broad range of events in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space featuring artists from Lang Lang to Rufus Wainwright. The station has aired more live broadcasts over the last four years than ever before in its history from leading venues around New York and the United States. 

Parker has secured WQXR’s role as a leading digital music source, with the growth of Q2 Music, a channel dedicated to contemporary classical music, and in January 2012, the launch of Operavore, WQXR’s 24/7 opera channel.

Prior to joining WQXR, Parker was the executive director of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In his eight years with Orpheus, Parker played a critical role in securing the long term future for this world-class orchestra. Major accomplishments include financial stabilization, ground-breaking artistic collaborations, educational partnerships and a variety of media and broadcasting initiatives. In 2009, Parker was given the Helen M. Thompson Award by the League of American Orchestras.

Prior to his work with Orpheus, Parker was the general manager of the Brooklyn Philharmonic and held positions with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic. 

Parker, born in London, England, holds a BSc (Hons) from Oxford Brookes University. He started his musical training on flute and piano, eventually taking up conducting when he arrived at college. Upon graduation, he was selected to conduct his University’s Chorus and Orchestra, a production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Oxford University Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

Parker lives in Manhattan with his partner and son and daughter.

Graham Parker appears in the following:

WQXR's Instrument Drive and the Film it Inspired

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The second installment of the WQXR Instrument Drive hopes to match the success of the first, which inspired a documentary about one donor's violin. 


Kicking Off WQXR's 2nd Instrument Drive with School of Rock's Alex Brightman

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Alex Brightman joins Graham Parker, General Manager of WQXR, to talk about WQXR’s 2nd Instrument Drive, which starts on April 8th. 

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Sweater-in-an-Art Museum Season Is Almost Upon Us

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Fall is coming, be sure of it. Our high-speed culture vulture round table covers all the best things to see, hear and experience next season, from stand-up comedy to classical music.


Video Webcast: Classical Music Unfiltered in The Greene Space

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Watch the archived webcast of four astute music industry watchers discussing the year's highs and lows in classical music.


In New York Philharmonic Conductor Search, Don’t Ignore the Audience

Friday, March 27, 2015

Are we looking in the right place for the next music director for the New York Philharmonic? WQXR General Manager Graham Parker considers what's really needed.
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That's Me in the Corner, Talking to Kate Middleton

Thursday, December 11, 2014

When WQXR's Graham Parker got an invite to an event for creative Brits, two things stood out: the invitation said "Business Casual," and Will and Kate would be there. How'd it go?

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The Instrument That Changed Your Life

Monday, March 24, 2014

WQXR is collecting your gently used musical instruments and distributing them to schoolchildren in music classrooms in the area. Graham Parker, general manager of WQXR, explains how the instrument drive works as we take your calls about a musical instrument that changed your life.

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Graham Parker and Simone Dinnerstein on Bach 360

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Graham Parker, General Manager and Vice President of WQXR, and Simone Dinnerstein, one of the best-known contemporary Bach interpreters, discuss WQXR’s all Bach festival, Bach 360, March 21 (Bach’s birthday)–March 31.WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and will break with its regular programming to present an all-Bach playlist, playing every single piece by the composer—every cantata, every chorale prelude, every keyboard study—more than 1000 works total.  Dinnerstein’s album of Bach’s Goldberg Variations ranked 1 on the US Billboard Classical Charts in its first week of sales, and she’ll be performing her rendition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on March 28, at 12 pm, in The Greene Space.


Why November Is Perfect For Ludwig

Thursday, November 01, 2012

WQXR's general manager considers the importance of celebrating the world's most ubiquitous composer, particularly in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

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