DEREK CHARKE is a JUNO and three-time ECMA award-winning composer and flutist. Derek has a catalogue of over 90 works and has had many high profile commissions and performances including several by Canada’s major Symphony Orchestras, the Kronos Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Duo Turgeon, Cheng2 Duo, Land’s End Ensemble, WIRED!, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, as well as an impressive list of other performers and organizations. Derek is currently a professor of music at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where he teaches composition and music theory. As a professional flutist he continues to perform as a soloist and new music improviser. He is a member of the Charke~Cormier Duo, a flute and guitar duo, co-director of the Acadia New Music Society, and an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre.