Described by the Toronto Star as “an eclectic with wide open ears” and by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as “one of America's finest young composers,” composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has been widely hailed for his creativity, theatricality, and virtuosity. Bermel’s works draw from a rich variety of musical genres, including classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues, folk, and gospel. Hands-on experience with music of cultures around the world has become part of the fabric and force of his compositional language. Currently ACO’s Creative Advisor, Bermel served as Music Alive Composer-in-Residence with ACO from 2006 to 2009. Bermel has received commissions from major orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the US and overseas, collaborating with a diverse array of artists as Wynton Marsalis, Midori, John Adams, Paquito D’Rivera, Philip Glass, Gustavo Dudamel and Stephen Sondheim. He is currently composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and artist-in-residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His orchestral recording, Voices, commissioned and premiered by ACO and performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, was hailed as “magnificent” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Bermel's music is published by Peermusic (North/South America and Asia) and Faber Music (Europe and Australia).