Composer, Pianist


Derek Geary

Derek Geary grew up in Gloucester, MA studying piano from an early age and writing his first original compositions by age 10. After his first public concert of original music, he became New England Conservatory’s New Music Ensemble’s Director John Heiss’s youngest private student at the age of twelve, where he was steeped in Bach chorales, counterpoint and the music of Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Ravel. Geary was drafted by the Boston Bruins of the NHL during his senior year in high school (ice hockey being Geary’s second passion), and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, where he studied music composition with Paul Moravec and played hockey. After graduation, Geary chose music over hockey and became personal assistant to Pulitzer Prize winning composer, author and conductor Gunther Schuller, a position he held for three years. In Austin, TX, Geary focused the next six years on solo piano composition and performance, building a strong local following and released Wire, a collection of solo piano compositions recorded at Daniel Lanois fabled Kingsway studio in New Orleans, LA. In New York, Geary earned a Masters Degree in music composition from NYU, studying with Justin Dello Joio, a relationship that has continued post graduation. He was a Program Associate at Meet the Composer for three years, co-managing the Met Life Creative Connections Program and the Van Lier Foundation Grant, among other duties. His music has been performed by pianist Blair McMillen, members of the Jack Quartet, Argento Ensemble, ICE, Talea Ensemble and the Manhattan Brass Quintet. Derek has recently relocated to the Boston, MA area.