Derek Sherinian

 

 

"The Sledge is a very fast and warm sounding virtual analog synth. I look forward to taking this out live."
Sledge  

Bio

Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, Christopher began to play the piano at the ripe age of seven. During his classical studies, he soon became aware of improvisation and Jazz music. At age of 13, he formed his first rock band and picked up the electric bass, in addition to developing his skills on piano and keyboards. Playing and composing for different projects, ranging from classical music to electronic, hip-hop, and big band became a part of his daily routine.

After finishing school, Christopher studied popular/contemporary music, taking part in the "Popkurs" at the Hamburg Music Conservatory. He consequently moved to Berlin to continue his studies in the nation's capitol where he received a scholarship from Yehudi Menuhin's "Live Music Now" foundation. Later on he began working as musical director at the renowned Maxim-Gorki-Theater in Berlin.

In his mid-twenties Christopher formed a new band called "Die Ohrbooten" that soon became one of the hottest acts in German reggae and hip-hop music. They would go on to play more than 500 shows, including some of the top-tier German festivals, placed in heavy rotation on MTV, and record three successful albums.

Since then, Christopher has become one of Germany's most in demand keyboard instrumentalists. He has collaborated with many of Germany's top-acts, such as Mark Forster, Materia, Dendemann, Chima, Elif, Femme Schmidt, Chefket, Sido, Yasha, Helene Fischer, Sascha, Ferris MC, Cäthe, and Olli Schulz, as well as performed over 2.000 shows worldwide with international artists Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Dieter Meier (Yellow), Jesse Boykins III, Arto Lindsay, and Vanilla Ninja.

Working from his studio, he has recorded keyboards on more than 30 records and received gold and platinum status several times. Presently, he his touring with Mark Forster, one of Germany's most successful acts of today. Aside from that, he composes and records regularly at his studio for various international acts, movies, and theater productions.