Derek started to teach himself the piano when he was two years old. He first shot to fame when he was nine, playing jazz with the Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra at the Barbican. Many TV appearances followed, in the UK and overseas, including Japan, Germany and Australia, and three times on CBS’s prestigious ‘60 Minutes’ programme in the USA. Derek has performed in venues ranging from Ronnie Scott’s renowned jazz club in London, to the Mandalay Bay Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and in Phoenix, Arizona, for Mohammad Ali. He has performed twice at Buckingham Palace. In 2011, Derek played ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and a piano concerto written specially for him at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Derek is one of the most extraordinary pianists and musical entertainers of his generation. Yet he is blind, autistic and has severe learning difficulties. Dubbed ‘The Human iPod’ in the States, Derek has a repertoire of tens of thousands of pieces – all learnt very rapidly, just by listening. There is so much more to Derek than an iPod, though; beneath the quiet charm lies a fiery, creative musician, whose astonishing improvisations and dazzling technique have wowed audiences all over the world, with over a million hits on Youtube and another million on TED.
He is managed by Johnny Stirling.
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