Derek Bermel


Grammy-nominated composer and clarinetist DEREK BERMEL’s engagement with other musical cultures has become part of the fabric and force of his compositional language. As a composer, he has had commissions from the Pittsburgh, National, Saint Louis, and Pacific Symphonies, Saint Paul and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s New Century Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, WNYC Radio, La Jolla Music Society, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, eighth blackbird, Guarneri and JACK String Quartets, and Music from Copland House and Music from China, ASKO/Schoenberg Ensemble and Veenfabriek (Netherlands), and Midori. He has collaborated on several film scores, and with a dizzyingly eclectic array of artists such as playwright Will Eno, installation artist Shimon Attie, choreographer Sheron Wray, poets Wendy S. Walters, and hip hop legend Yasiin Bey (Mos Def). His many honors include the Alpert Award in the Arts, Rome Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, American Music Center's Trailblazer Award, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. As a clarinetist, his acclaimed performances have taken him to major stages across the globe in a wide-range of repertoire from Mozart to Bolcom and beyond as orchestral soloist and chamber musician. Founding Clarinetist of the Music from Copland House ensemble, he is Artistic Director of the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Director of Copland House’s CULTIVATE emerging composer’s institute, Composer-in-Residence at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and was previously Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advance Study in Princeton. His discography includes Soul Garden (New World Records), Canzonas Americanas (Cantaloupe), Voices, including his award-winning clarinet concerto (BMOP Sound), and three discs with the Music from Copland House Ensemble, with which he performs regularly.