Derek Sherinian

Derek Sherinian (born August 25, 1966) is an American keyboardist who has toured and recorded for Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, and Joe Bonamassa, among others. He was also a member of Dream Theater from 1994 to 1999, is the founder of Planet X and also one of the founding members of Black Country Communion and Sons of Apollo. He has released nine solo albums that have featured a variety of prominent guest musicians, including guitarists Slash, Yngwie Malmsteen, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Lukather, Joe Bonamassa, Billy Sheehan, Zakk Wylde and Al Di Meola.

Sherinian has distinguished himself by his versatility, and aggressive “guitaristic” approach to his signature keyboard style. declared, “A true shredder, his virtuoso playing has seen him dubbed the keyboard-playing version of Eddie Van Halen.” In 2021, he was voted “Greatest Keyboardist Of The 21st Century”, and #8 Greatest of All Time by In 2020, he was voted No. 1 Keyboardist in Japan’s Burrn! Magazine. In 2018, he was voted No. 9 Greatest Keyboardist Ever in Prog Magazine. He has also appeared on the cover of numerous keyboard magazines around the world, including the November 2011 issue of Keyboard Magazine, which declared Sherinian a “Keyboard Hero for a New Generation”. He has also been called the “King of the Keys” by Guitar World magazine and the “Caligula of Keyboards” by Alice Cooper. His musical influences include Elton John, Edward Van Halen and Jan Hammer. (more)

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