Studying at Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s “Talent Development Program” and Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, he gave first performance as a soloist with an orchestra at age 14. A native of New Orleans, he made his debut in Atlanta with the Atlanta Symphony Community Orchestra after winning their Young Artist Competition, and followed with debuts at The National Black Arts Festival “Classics From The Next Generation”, and Andre Watts “50th Birthday Celebration”. He was also awarded his first personal violin from The Louis Armstrong Foundation Inc “Golden Horn Award” and his first personal cello from The National Academy of Recording Arts & Science (NARAS).
He has since then performed as a soloist and with ensembles in performance venues such as Jazz At Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Woodruff Arts Center, Blue Note Jazz Club, Tipatinas, and Brooklyn Academy of Music as well as festivals such as Merlefest, Bonnaroo, and Delfest.
He has also shared the stage with musicians such as Paquito D’Rivera, Ron Carter, Patrice Rushen, Terri Lynn Carrington, Dave Liebman, Burt Bacharach, Christian Howes, and Ben Williams as well as collaborating with choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Julia Gleich, and dance company Brooklyn Ballet.
As a composer he has written numerous compositions for solo cello, small ensembles, and short films. His solo cello composition “Solitude” has been premiered as a collaboration piece with choreographer Julia Gleich and is currently being orchestrated for solo cello and orchestra that will be performed by Forsyth Youth Orchestra in 2015.
Stretching from classical crossover to jazz, Malcolm Parson is well on his way to inspiring today’s society by continually placing the cello in genres not often associated with its origin. He is currently a member of The Carolina Chocolate Drops.