A graduate (BFA) of Berklee College of Music (Boston) and the New School (New York) Tino Derado, 32, was introduced to classical piano at age six and crossed over to Jazz in his early teens. In reflection of his mixed cultural heritage (Croatian/ German), he soon developed a dynamic interest in ethnic and world music. In 1997, his "extraordinary abilities in the field of Jazz" earned him an honorary U.S. Green Card. In his course of his brief but remarkable career, Tino performed with Gary Burton, Peter Erskine, Paul Winter, Dave Liebman, Craig Handy, Billy Drewes, Matthew Garrison, Jimmy Cliff, Papo Vasquez, Orlando Marin y su orchestra, Andy Gonzales as well as Bob Moses, to name but a few, and toured extensively with various bands in Europe, South America, Russia and the Middle East. In 1996 he served as musical director for Gloria Gaynor at the olympic games in Atlanta. Mr. Derado is living in New York since 1992.