DEREK BERMEL (b 1967 )
GRAMMY® Award-nominated composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel is artistic director of the American Composers Orchestra, director of Copland House’s ‘Cultivate’, and curator of the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music at Bowdoin Music Festival. He has performed as a clarinetist worldwide and has collaborated with an eclectic array of artists, and received commissions globally from the Pittsburgh, National and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras and the Pacific Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, WNYC Radio New York, Tanglewood, Eighth Blackbird, Asko/Schönberg Ensemble, Veenfabriek (Netherlands), the Guarneri and JACK string quartets, and violinist Midori.
His many honours include the Alpert Award in the Arts, the Rome Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; commissions from the Koussevitzky and Fromm Music Foundations, Meet the Composer, and Cary Trust; and residencies at Yaddo, Tanglewood, Aspen Music Festival, Banff, Bellagio, and Copland House. He recently served as composer-in-residence for the Seattle Symphony and as artist-in-residence at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study.