Derek Herzer, Piano
Derek Herzer began teaching himself piano at the age of 17 with virtually no prior music training. After years of intensive study, he was accepted into the piano performance program at Western Michigan University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in music. Subsequently, he received his Masters in Music from the University of Southern Maine.
In both his training and career, Derek has won numerous scholarships and awards. As well, he has played in a wide variety of musical settings, including symphony orchestras, choral groups (including the Oratorio Chorale), and more. He is skilled at working with both vocalists and other instrumentalists. Derek teaches piano privately and at the Portland Conservatory and at the Bay Chamber Music School in Rockport. He specializes in researching, studying, and performing obscure and neglected works from the early- to mid-twentieth century.