Acadia University School of Music
Derek Charke is a composer, a flutist, and an associate professor of music at Acadia University in Nova Scotia.
music is recognized as an important and original contribution to the Canadian music scene.
won the 2012 JUNO award for 'classical composition of the year' for his
work Sepia Fragments.
Derek Charke 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.
In 2010 Derek was a Distinguished Guest Composer at the Winnipeg New Music Festival, and a Guest Composer for the 2010 Newfound Music Festival.
has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts
, Nova Scotia (Communities, Culture and Heritage), SOCAN Foundation, CBC Radio, Radio Canada, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
(Esa-Pekka Salonen, Music Director), the National Flute Association, the Canadian Music Centre
, the Radio Starmaker Fund, and the British Columbia Arts Council
, among others.
As well, What do the Birds Think? garnered a special mention from the Kubik Prize, and his
work Xynith won him a BMI student composer award in New York City.
is also a professional flutist.
He earned his Masters degree in flute performance from SUNY Buffalo where he studied with the late Cheryl Gobbetti Hoffman.
Recent performances have included improvisatory work with ensembles like subText in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
continues to freelance where and when time permits.