Graham Parker joined Universal Music Group as President, Universal Music Classics in July 2016. In this new role, Parker oversees all the Universal classical labels within the USA including Deutsche Grammophon and Decca, and has established a new label, Decca Gold, as the home to a new roster of American classical artists, ensembles and institutions.
Prior to joining Universal, Parker was General Manager of WQXR and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space and a Senior Vice President of New York Public Radio.
During the six years in that role, Parker earned a Peabody Award and implemented ambitious initiatives to serve New York's thriving classical music scene. During Parker's tenure, WQXR launched a new national series, Carnegie Hall Live; pioneered critically acclaimed festivals including Beethoven Awareness Month, Month of Mozart, and Bachstock; presented a broad range of live events; oversaw the highly successful WQXR Instrument Drive; and secured WQXR's role as a leading digital music source with WQXR's relaunched app, the growth of Q2Music (a channel dedicated to contemporary classical music), and the launch of Operavore, WQXR's 24/7 opera channel. Prior to WQXR, Parker was Executive Director of the 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.
Parker 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.