Derek Wang

February 13 and 14, 2023

Derek Wang, piano, is a New York-based soloist, collaborator, and communicator whose commitment to wholehearted listening informs his loving inquiry into both classic and new scores.

Derek received his Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School in 2020 and was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music upon graduation. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music at Juilliard, studying with Stephen Hough and Veda Kaplinsky as a Kovner Fellowship recipient. Derek’s wide-ranging activities at Juilliard have included frequent performances with the AXIOM and New Juilliard Ensembles, masterclasses with Marc-André Hamelin, Robert Levin, and Murray Perahia, and study on harpsichord with Peter Sykes and on fortepiano with Audrey Axinn.

In the summer of 2021, Derek completed his second year of a fellowship position as pianist of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble at the Aspen Music Festival and School under conductors Donald Crockett and Timothy Weiss. Over many summers at Aspen, Derek has been featured as a soloist with the Aspen Wind Ensemble and Fourth of July Concert Band and in chamber music performances with the festival’s faculty artists, including violinists Paul Kantor and Alexander Kerr, violist Victoria Chiang, cellists Michael Mermagen and Brinton Smith, and trumpet players Kevin Cobb and David Krauss. He also began a musical partnership with violinist Robert McDuffie at Aspen which will continue in performances at the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy in 2021.

In addition to leading concert venues across New York City, Derek has also performed in many of its major centers of visual art, including the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum, Lehrman Hall at the Morgan Library and Museum, and the West Gallery of the Frick Collection. He partnered with cellist Zlatomir Fung in recital at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California in 2019. In December 2018, Derek substituted for Yuja Wang in rehearsals with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony in Connecticut and The Knights in New York, conducted by Eric Jacobsen. Derek appeared on an episode of National Public Radio’s hit Tiny Desk online video series as emcee and accompanist for From the Top, America’s leading showcase for young musicians, in June 2018.

In 2020, Derek partnered with violinist Sophia Stoyanovich to launch American Stories, a podcast series that examines and celebrates American identity through music in performance, illuminated by personal histories and reflections from featured guests of all walks of life. The latest episode, released in May 2021 and available at www.american-stories.org, features John Adams’ Road Movies alongside stories of life on the road. Most recently, American Stories was awarded an Ensemble Forward grant from Chamber Music America.

In a multimedia collaboration between animation and music, Derek has performed the Chopin études live as a synchronized soundtrack to the short film collection Magic Piano and The Chopin Shorts, produced by Academy Award winner Hugh Welchman. He has performed alongside the animated films in family concerts for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Dallas Opera House, and on two tours of China that spanned nine cities. He has also presented them as a guest speaker at the EG conference in California and the La Ciudad de Las Ideas conference in Mexico.

Derek grew up near Boston and loves baseball, bird-watching, and Shakespeare. For more information and to receive the latest updates about Derek, please visit www.derek-wang.com.

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