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Derek Charke

Derek Charke (b. 1974, Fredericton, N.B.) is a Composer, a Flutist and an Associate Professor of music at Acadia University. Derek’s compositions increasingly pair electroacoustic elements with acoustic instruments. Ecological sound as an artistic statement on environmental issues, and a long-standing interest in the Arctic have been impetuses for many works. The exploration of sound itself has always been a primary motivation. His music is performed and commissioned by world renowned artists such as; the Kronos Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Katona Twins, the Group for Contemporary Music, the Xanthos Ensemble, the National Flute Association, and many others. He has been invited as a guest composer for the Winnipeg New Music Festival and the Newfound Music Festival. Additionally he is Co-Director of the Annual Acadia New Music Festival “Shattering the Silence”, an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre and a member of the Canadian League of Composers.

Derek completed a Ph.D. in composition and a Master's degree in flute at SUNY Buffalo, a Master's degree in composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England and a Bachelor's degree in composition at the University of North Texas. He also attended the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands. His principle composition teachers included David Felder, Louis Andriessen, Steve Martland and Cindy McTee. He studied flute performance with the late Cheryl Gobbetti Hoffman. A recipient of the NUFFIC grant by the Dutch government, Derek also received a BMI student composer award in New York City, a special mention from the Kubik Prize, and for four years was the recipient of a Presidential Fellowship, the largest awarded at SUNY Buffalo. He has been the recipient of multiple commissions and grants from various sources including: British Columbia Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Huckabone Family, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Music Director, Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage, National Flute Association, Canadian Music Centre, SOCAN, CBC Radio Two and Radio Canada.

Derek's music has been heard throughout Canada, including the Orpheum Theatre and Chan Centre in Vancouver, the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto and the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse, throughout the USA including Carnegie Hall and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco; in Mexico City, Colombia and Brazil, and throughout Europe including the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Belgium, Sweden, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Hungary and Austria. Highlights from the 2009/2010 season included premieres by the St. Lawrence String Quartet and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; performances by the Kronos Quartet at the Chan Centre in Vancouver as part of the Cultural Olympiad and at Carnegie Hall as part of the Perspective Series in March 2010; plus a new commission for soprano Janice Jackson that was premiered at the 4th Annual Acadia New Music Festival.

Derek has written extensively for the flute. As a flutist himself Derek specializes in contemporary music. He continues to freelance as an improvisor and performer, both on his own music and others.


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