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Derek Snyder

Derek Snyder began his cello studies at the age of six. He progressed smoothly until Tuesday, 17th March, 1982, when he left his cello behind the family station wagon while waiting for his Suzuki group class. Having fully recovered from the "accident," Derek maintains an active performing schedule.

He has appeared as a 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.

He is a founding member of The Phoenix Ensemble and cellist in the tango band the Oblivion Project, which explores the music of Astor Piazzolla.

In 2003, his arrangements of the music of Graham Nash were performed by the Contemporary Youth Orchestra with the composer. 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. Derek's principal teachers have been Tanya Carey, Erling Blondal Bengtsson, Laurence Lesser and Colin Carr.

He runs The Cleveland Cello School, and maintains, a source for unique and custom musical arrangements.

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