Brent Parker was born in New Zealand in 1933, and lived in Ireland for over forty years. He taught at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin from 1974 until his retirement to Achill Island in 1998. He is currently based in Beijing.
A great variety of artists have performed Brent's music, including John Feeley (guitar), the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Thomas Martin (double bass), Aisling Drury-Byrne (cello), William Dowdall (flute), Andreja Malir (harp), Ethna Tinney (piano), Nicola Sharkey (soprano) and Angela Feeney (soprano). In 1996, his first piano concerto was premiered by Finghin Collins with the Savaria Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Houlihan in a concert at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. In the 1970s, his second piano concerto was performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Colman Pearce with the composer as soloist, and broadcast on RTÉ Radio. In 2006, his choral work Credo was performed by the senior and children's choirs of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, joined by Resurgam Chamber Choir, conducted by Peter Barley. His work Exiles was premiered in Ireland in 2012 by guitarist John Feeley and Con Tempo quartet.