Derek Tam

Derek TamIn demand as a conductor and historical keyboardist, Derek Tam performs regularly in the Bay Area and elsewhere. Praised for his “deft” conducting (San Francisco Chronicle​), Derek appears frequently with choral and orchestral ensembles. Recent engagements include collaborations with Ars Minerva, Bay Pointe Ballet, the First Church Festival Orchestra, Oakland Ballet, and the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.

A specialist on historical keyboards, Derek has been lauded as “a master [of the harpsichord]” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Recent concerto appearances include performances with Elevate Ensemble, Modesto Symphony, and Chamber Music Silicon Valley. Derek is also a founding member and the harpsichordist of MUSA, a San Francisco–based baroque ensemble. His fortepiano trio, the Costanoan Trio, was recently described as “represent[ing] the best emerging early music talent” in North America (Early Music America).

Derek currently serves as the director of music at First Church Berkeley, one of the major performance venues for classical music in the East Bay. He is also the artistic director of the Star Valley Children’s Choir. Derek has served on the faculty of the NAPA Music Festival and the San Francisco Early Music Society Recorder Workshop, and he has been on staff at the American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy. He is on the board of Early Music America.

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