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Derek Snyder has appeared as soloist with orchestras in both the United States and Europe, and as a chamber musician has collaborated with members of some of the country’s most exciting ensembles, including the Cavani and Cleveland String Quartets, and the Cleveland, Detroit, Montreal and Baltimore Symphonies. In addition to being a founder and cellist in the nuevo tango band the Oblivion Project, he is a member of DadBand, performs often with the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra and is a board member of the Cleveland Cello Society.
His arrangements of the music of Graham Nash and Bootsy Collins have been performed by the Contemporary Youth Orchestra with the composers. He has created numerous transcriptions and arrangements for cello ensembles, focusing primarily on the music of Dave Brubeck and Astor Piazzolla. His arrangements of music by Brubeck can be heard on the Naxos label as preformed by the Yale Cellos and are published by Cellocelli Music. (Derek is also the founder of Cellocelli Music, www.cellocelli.com, a source for unique and contemporary sheet music and recordings for string players).
Derek’s principal teachers have been Tanya Carey, Erling Blondal Bengtsson (University of Michigan), Laurence Lesser and Colin Carr (New England Conservatory). Derek is a member of the Suzuki faculty at the Cleveland Music School Settlement and also teaches privately in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.