Derek Ratzenboeck has been a violinist with the New York City Ballet Orchestra since 2011. He previously held the position of Principal Second Violin of the Louisville Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Louisville Bach Society and actively performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as well as the Florida Orchestra and the Sarasota Orchestra. Derek has performed in the premier concert halls of the USA, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Lithuania, Russia, Armenia, China, Mexico, and Brazil with the CSO, Vienna Mozart Philharmonic and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra.
Derek actively performs as a recitalist and has had numerous recitals and chamber music performances broadcasted by WUOL Louisville Classics, Radio Nederland, North German Radio (NDR), and the Bavarian Radio (BR). In addition, he’s been featured on WMP’s “Strad for Lunch” Series in NYC and has recorded on the Innova Label.
Derek has a BM in Violin Performance from Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music, has Post-Graduate training in Vienna and Amsterdam Conservatory, and a Master’s Degree from the University for Music and Theater in Munich, Germany. Throughout his studies he has had the privilege to study with renowned soloists and pedagogues such as Henryk Kowalski, Renee Staar, Vesko Eschkenazy, Alexander Kerr, and Jens Ellermann.