“The Cormier/Charke Duo played in our Neil-Michaud hall last week and this was one of the most interesting concerts of this year's series. The repertoire, the sound quality, the complicity of the artists were just awesome. This duo is dynamite, the music flows easily and vividly, the whole concert passed as in a few minutes, keeping the audience intent and watchful : the best feeling one wishes to have when attending a concert. Our Dept. of music can't wait for their next show"
Michel Cardin, Feb. 2016
Photo Credit: James Skinner
Derek Charke is a JUNO and three-time ECMA award-winning composer and flutist. As a composer, he has been commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, Toronto Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, St. Lawrence String Quartet, and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, as well as an impressive list of other performers and organizations. Derek is a professor of composition and theory at Acadia University, he co-directs the Acadia New Music Society, and he continues to perform professionally on the flute.
Derek Charke received a Masters degree in flute performance from SUNY Buffalo where he studied with the late Cheryl Gobbetti Hoffman. He has performed as a soloist with the Slee Sinfonietta and GroundSwell (Winnipeg), amongst others. He performs often as a duo with percussionist Mark Adam and guitarist Eugene Cormier. He is a member of subText (Halifax) and the resident Acadia New Music Ensemble WIRED! which released its first album Live Wired! in 2015. His Kitchen Party CD, featuring Mark Adam and himself (released on Centrediscs, Toronto), won the 2015 ECMA award for Classical Recording of the Year.
Eugene Cormier is in high demand as a solo performer, chamber musician, accompanist, studio musician, adjudicator, and as a teacher. Born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Eugene received his Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Acadia University under the guidance of Ken Davidson. After completing his degree he traveled to Toronto, where he continued his guitar studies under the tutelage of renown guitar teacher Eli Kassner. He has also attended masterclasses/studied with: David Russell, David Tanenbaum, Alvaro Pierri, Pavel Steidl, Dale Kavanagh, Hubert Kappel, Bruce Holzman & Stephen Robinson.
Eugene currently teaches Classical Guitar, Guitar Ensemble, Rock History, Music Technology and Rudiments at Acadia University, in Wolfville Nova Scotia. His guitar students are frequently top prize winners in many competitions. He is also the Vice-President and co-founder of the newly formed Halifax Guitar Society and is the Musical Engraver for the Guitar Foundation of America’s magazine ‘Soundboard’.