Derek Wieland can found on stage wielding the fiery baton of his musical lineage with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the progressive rock band known for holiday tours and sold-out performances at arenas across the country. Beyond his current work as Musical Director of TSO and Keyboardist for the band since 2006, he has enjoyed a rich career as an impassioned pianist steeped in the classical tradition. He gained national recognition in 1987 after being the first pianist to win the grand prize in the Seventeen/General Motors National Concerto Competition. In 1999, he was awarded first prize in the International Johann Nepomuk Hummel Piano Competition in the Slovak Republic, and Third Prize in the International Piano Competition of Senigallia, Italy. Wieland has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, South Africa, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras that include the Slovak Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Long island Philharmonic and the String Orchestra of New York City at Lincoln Center. In 2013, he was the featured musician, and Musical Director of the New York Musical Theater's production of Feather. Wieland's discography includes the albums Red Hot Romantics, and a collection of original works, Oceania. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1992 and Master of Arts in 1994 from the Juilliard School, and is a student of the late Hungarian pianist György Sándor.