Yamaha MusicSoft: Rising Star: Derek Wieland

- Bachelor and Master of Music, The Juilliard School
Derek Wieland, pianist
". . . simply breathtaking"
- Time Union (Albany, NY)

  • First Prize, the International Johann Nepomuk Hummel Piano Competition (the Slovak Republic)
  • Grand Prize, the Seventeen/General Motors National Concerto Competition
  • Third Prize, the International Piano Competition of Senigallia (Italy)
  • Appearances with major orchestras including the Slovak Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra

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Derek Wieland, pianist, began his studies with Jeffrey Marcus at age six on Long Island, New York. At age eleven he entered the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School on full scholarship under Richard Fabre. He continued as a scholarship student of Gyorgy Sandor in the College Division and received the Bachelor of Arts in 1992 and the Master of Arts in 1994 in piano performance.

Mr. Wieland gained national recognition in 1987 after being the first pianist to win the grand prize in the Seventeen/General Motors National Concerto Competition. In 1999, Mr. Wieland was awarded first prize in the International Johann Nepomuk Hummel Piano Competition held in the Slovak Republic, and Third Prize in the International Piano Competition of Senigallia, Italy.

He has performed in recital throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, South Africa and Taiwan. He has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the Slovak Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Long island Philharmonic. He also appeared as a concerto soloist at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall September 20, 2000 with the String Orchestra of New York City (SONYC). He performed the Mozart concerto in d minor K466 with his own cadenzas.

Mr. Wieland is President of Uptime Studios, a recording studio located in midtown Manhattan. Mr. Wieland is teaching assistant to Stanley Wolfe at the Juilliard School, and also teaches a large class of private students in New York.

- Derek at the recording session with engineer Makia -

(Photos by James M. Steeber)
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