Derek Wang, piano

Photo Credit: Matthew Holler

Derek is a soloist, collaborator, and communicator whose commitment to wholehearted listening informs his loving inquiry into both classic and new scores. This summer, Derek completed a three-year fellowship position as pianist of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble at the Aspen Music Festival and School under conductors Donald Crockett and Timothy Weiss. In June, he returned to the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy to perform with violinist Robert McDuffie, with whom he also partnered in recital at Aspen. As the winner of the 2021 New York International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, Derek gave an all-Liszt recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. This fall, he will perform four programs at the Liszt Utrecht Festival in the Netherlands as one of ten semifinalists of the 2022 Utrecht International Liszt Competition. Derek holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he received the Peter Mennin and Joseph W. Polisi Commencement Prizes. He continues studies at the Yale School of Music this fall as an Artist Diploma candidate. Derek’s teachers have included Stephen Hough, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Matti Raekallio, and Boris Slutsky.