Pianist, composer and arranger Derek Wieland is a Juilliard graduate whose technique, artistic prowess and genre-crossing versatility has received critical acclaim in performances throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.
As a concert pianist, Wieland has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, with the Cleveland Orchestra and others. In 1987, he was the first pianist to win the Seventeen Magazine/General Motors Concerto Competition (violinist Joshua Bell won five years earlier).
Wieland composed, music directed, and performed The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park: Othello, his contemporary score praised by the New York Times to “have done double duty for an episode of Showtime’s The Tudors.” Wieland has collaborated in additional theatre, film, and live performance projects, including the theatrical work “Things of Dry Hours” directed by R. Santiago-Hudson, “Feather: A Musical Portrait” (New York Musical Theatre Festival), and “An Evergreen Christmas” (Netflix).
A lover of rock and roll music, Wieland has an extensive pop/rock repertoire, performing on Al Di Meola’s LP “All Your Life (A Tribute To The Beatles Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London)” and working with six-time Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer, Brent Maher, on several Nashville records.
Since 2006, Wieland has served as Music Director for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, conducting and performing on tour in 105 shows in 61 cities each year to millions of TSO fans. His piano playing and arrangements are heard on many TSO recordings.
Wieland’s live radio and television appearances cross genres from classical concerts on New York’s WQXR Classical Radio with David Dubal’s “Reflections from the Keyboard,” to progressive rock music on Jimmy Fallon and Live with Kelly and Michael.
Growing up in Long Island, Wieland began to play piano at the age of 5 and entered Juilliard Pre-College at age 11. At Juilliard, he studied with legendary pianist György Sándor (a prominent student of classical composer Béla Bartók).