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Derek CarlsonDerek Carlson was born and raised in Covallis by Marlan and Angela, both professors at the OSU music department. He started violin at age 6 and piano soon after. Graduating in 1999, Derek received a Bachelor of Science in Music from the University of Oregon after studying with Kathryn Lucktenberg, and with Paul Kantor at the Aspen Music School and Festival. He subsequently won auditions with Oregon Mozart Players and Eugene Symphony. After living in New York City for a year, Derek currently resides in Corvallis, and is active with several orchestras in Eugene and Corvallis.