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Derek Bermel


A musician since the age of ten, Derek Bermel has risen to become a composer of chamber, symphonic, dance, theater, and pop works, as well as a clarinetist, conductor, and a jazz and rock musician.

Bermel's musical interests have taken him to Jerusalem to study ethnomusicology and orchestration, Bulgaria to study Thracian folk music, Dublin to study ‘uillean pipes, and Ghana to study the Lobi xylophone.

Among his various activities, Mr. Bermel is an Artistic Director for "Making Score", which is a workshop for young musicians dedicated to exploring composition and orchestration in New York City. Moreover, Bermel has also led master classes and held residencies throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Mr. Bermel's considerable talents, including premiering his own clarinet concerto Voices at Carnegie Hall, have resulted in his receiving many of today's most important awards, including the 2001-02 Rome Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, a Millennium Prize from Faber Music (UK), and residencies at the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Tanglewood, and Civitella Ranieri.
Derek Bermel


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