Derel Monteith is a pianist, keyboardist, and composer based in Illinois. After focusing on classical piano during his childhood in North Carolina, Derel developed an affinity for improvised music and earned a degree in jazz studies from the University of Miami. Among others, he has performed with Nnenna Freelon, Vanessa Rubin, Frank Foster, and the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and studied with the Grammy-winning composer Maria Schneider. In 2015, Derel formed the Derel Monteith Trio, which focuses on his original compositions and instrumental covers of rock songs. His other primary outlet is fully improvised solo piano. Both on his own and through his trio, Derel has honed a modern, melodic approach that makes him an engaging artist.