Derek Charke

composer | flutist | professor

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JUNO & ECMA award-winning composer and flutist Derek Charke has been commissioned by world-renowned artists including the Kronos Quartet, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq Gillis. His music has been heard in prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, Roy Thomson Hall, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Derek is a full professor at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where he teaches composition and theory. He is the president of the Acadia New Music Society which runs the annual Shattering the Silence New Music Festival, and he continues to perform regularly as a new music performer and improvisor on the flute. His music can be purchased from the Canadian Music Centre.

Current projects include a commission from the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, a new cello piece for former Kronos member Jeffrey Zeigler, a solo piano work for Barbara Pritchard, a new flute ‘concerto’ commissioned by Groundswell in Winnipeg (to be performed with the composer as soloist), and Dear Creator, a new work for the Kronos Quartet co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

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