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Cellist, Derek Menchan, is a 1993 graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, were he received the Pablo Casals Award of Musical Achievement and Human Endeavor. A former student of Dudley Powers, Mr. Menchan has performed for Janos Starker, Mstislav Rostropovich and Harvey Shapiro. While residing in New York, he was principal cellist of the New York Pro Arte Ensemble and appeared at Allice Tully and Weill Recital Halls as a soloist and chamber musician. He has backed artists from Robert Merrill to Johnny Mathis. Mr. Menchan is currently principal cellist with The Orlando Symphony Orchestra.

Derek's many additional talents include what we think is a striking resemblence to Thelonius Monk.