Pierre Derycz is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with bachelor’s degrees in cello performance under Richard Aaron, and composition under Bright Sheng, Paul Schoenfield, and Kristin Kuster. A native of Los Angeles, he started his musical studies at the age of four and continued them at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. In 2009, he graduated from the Franco-American high school Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, obtaining the French Scientific Baccalaureate with highest honors. As a cellist, he frequently performs new music, and his own works have garnered awards and performances at the University of Michigan and abroad, including the 2012 Marion Richter American Music Composition Prize and a regional SCI/ASCAP Student Composition award. Pierre was a fellow at the 2012 Music Academy of the West, and recently completed a Winter Creative Music Residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. He is currently a member of the American Youth Symphony and the YMF Debut Orchestra.