Derek Bermel

(1967 - )


Derek Bermel is highly acclaimed by critics for his versatility and astounding capability as a musician. As an accomplished clarinettist, conductor, rock and jazz musician, who takes influence from a plethora of genres including jazz, rock, folk, blues and gospel, Bermel is forever expanding his grasp on music. Having studied the music of numerous cultures, he has already tackled chamber, symphonic, theatre and dance compositions. He undeniably has a wider knowledge and understanding of music than most, which is clearly portrayed in his compositions and only reinforced by the subsequent awards he has received, such as the Rome Prize and a Millennium Prize from Faber Music. Several CDs have now been compiled to exemplify Bermel’s works including Voices, which brought together four of his orchestral works and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009.

‘Composer Derek Bermel may not be a household name yet, but if there is any justice in the music world, he soon will be.’
Chicago Tribune

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