DEREK REEVES, viola, was born in Okinawa, Japan. Mr. Reeves began his musical studies at age 2½ and made his Carnegie Hall debut while still in high school. Principal Violist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic since 2003, he has played extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. He has performed as soloist with The Niagra Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Charleston Symphony. A graduate of Indiana University, he earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance and served as Concertmaster of four of the school’s orchestras.
Prior to coming to Fort Wayne, Mr. Reeves was a fellow with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for two years. He has also served as Concertmaster of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Associate Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic, Associate Concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida An avid chamber musician, Derek is the violist of the Freimann Quartet and plays jazz violin with the Alicia Pyle Quartet (APQ.)
He serves as adjunct faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and director of Club O, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s educational outreach program at the and Boys and Girls Club. He enjoys reading, running, yoga and biking. He resides in Fort Wayne with wife Patricia and their son Preston.