Derek Charke received a master's degree in flute performance from SUNY Buffalo where he studied with the late Cheryl Gobbetti Hoffman. Equally at home performing cutting-edge contemporary music or participating in free improvisation as he is performing Bach or Vivaldi, Derek has performed as a soloist with the Slee Sinfonietta (Buffalo, NY) and GroundSwell (Winnipeg, MB), amongst others. He currently performs with guitarist Eugene Cormier in the Charke ~ Cormier Duo, and he frequently performed in the past with percussionist Mark Adam. He is a member of subText (Halifax) and the resident Acadia new music ensemble WIRED! which released its first album Live Wired! in 2015. A "Kitchen Party" album featuring Mark Adam and himself (released on Centrediscs) won the 2015 ECMA award for classical recording of the year. You can catch him improvising with AMFIG (the Acadia music faculty improv group) on the occasional Friday afternoon!

Derek has written many pieces for the flute. This includes a series of flute ensemble works such as Raga Saat and 3x4, Wired and Wound for flute & piano (or flute & harp), and two chamber concertos: The Winds of Winter and In Sonorous Falling Tones. He was commissioned by the National Flute Association for WARNING! Gustnadoes Ahead for flute & CD.

"As a flutist his versatility is remarkable. Equally at home on the piccolo, the “regular” flute and the bass flute, he seamlessly blends conventional and extended techniques. Best of all, he puts his “pyro-technique” completely at the service of the artistic ends of the music, as in Lachrymose, where singing while producing multiphonics on the piccolo brings this elegiac work to a stirring climax."
— Allan Pulker, The Whole Note, Aug. 2017

“SubText featured flutist Derek Charke, a fascinating player who has mastered extended flute techniques encyclopedically. He plays double stops, multiphonics, percussive key taps, whistle tones and an entire appendix of chuffing attacks that excite the instrument to screech in multiphonic arrays with a hollow resonance. He also plays with a full, thick, round tone, the kind they talk about in the old treatises on flute sound, and with a legato thick as oil. And he does it all effortlessly, with true virtuosity.”
— Stephen Pedersen, The Chronicle Herald, Jan. 2013

Bass flute improv:
Flute improv:

Flute Ensemble:
Charke~Cormier Duo:

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Charke ~ Cormier Duo:
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