Fort Wayne Philharmonic Principal Violist Derek Reeves began his musical studies at the age of 2 1/2. A graduate of Indiana University, he was the recipient of the prestigious Performer’s Certificate, as well as having earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. Prior to coming to Fort Wayne, he held the positions of Associate Concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Associate Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic. He has also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Reeves has performed as soloist with The Erie Chamber Orchestra, The Niagara Symphony Orchestra, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, The Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra, The Carmel Symphony Orchestra and The Gateways Festival Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Reeves has been the violist of the Philharmonic’s own Freimann Quartet since 2003. He has participated in the Spoleto, Aspen, Gateways, and Prizm International Music Festivals and is also in demand as a recitalist, guest artist, recording studio musician, and arranger.
Mr. Reeves also maintains a robust teaching schedule, teaching viola at The Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Music, designing curriculum and teaching for the Phil’s “Club O” program, and keeping a private studio of violin and viola students as well. He performs on a viola made by Jon Kouwenhoven and lives in Fort Wayne with his wife Patricia and son, Preston.