What distinguishes Derek Louie as a teacher is his unique ability to adjust to the individual needs of each of his students. For him, his support for his students does not stop when the lesson ends. He writes summary lesson notes that he sends to the student for reference, and has the student in return record themselves throughout the week and send these recordings to him for comments. In this way, Derek is constantly connected with and helping his students.
Derek Louie is pursuing a B.M. in cello at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Clara Kim and Joel Krosnick. He has given numerous performances including appearances at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NPR’s From The Top and The Rising Stars Concert Series at the Great Mountains Festival in South Korea. Derek has been a prize winner in several international competitions including 1st prize in the 2019 Berliner Philharmonic Competition, 2017 Enkor International String Competition and grand prize in the 2017 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition and the 2017 Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artist Competition. Derek has soloed with several orchestras including The Bergen Philharmonic, Ensemble 212, and the American Symphonia orchestras. He has attended festivals around the world including Verbier Academy, Chigiana, and the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop. Derek is scheduled to attend the Ravinia Steans Music Institute this summer. He is very involved in community outreach programs that bring classical music to audiences of all ages. In 2019, Derek was awarded a Gluck Community Service Fellowship. Fellows present biweekly interactive classical music, jazz and dance performances in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and alternative care facilities.
I like how he patiently motivates me when I am lacking confidence or are stressed out. He is always able to simplify complicated concepts and help me understand them. He is easy to communicate with and learn from, and I really appreciate that about him. He is also a great cellist; his music is very inspiring.
Derek is a phenomenal teacher! Derek’s lessons are very engaging and he teaches very thoroughly. He cares about the best interests of his students and shows them what they are playing well and what they need to work on. From my lessons with Derek, I love how he makes sure that I understand his suggestion, and doesn’t stop until I show him that I understand the concept and can play it for him. I highly recommend Derek as a teacher for any cello student!
I was a student at the Juilliard Pre-College for eight years, and am currently a senior at the Juilliard College. Through the Perlman Music Program, I have done extensive outreach programs and masterclasses in the Northeast, Florida and Brazil.
For first lessons, I offer a reduced a rate of $60/hour, and for continuing lessons, $80/hour.
I have worked predominantly with students from the Juilliard Precollege, but have also worked with students who are participating with their school's orchestra and music programs.