Described by the Toronto Star as “an eclectic with wide open ears,\' composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has been widely hailed for his creativity, theatricality, and virtuosity. Bermel\'s works draw on a rich variety of musical genres—classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues, folk, funk, and gospel—as well as his hands-on experience with music of cultures around the world, such as Thracian folk style, Brazilian caxixi, and lobi xylophone. Currently serving as composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and artist-in-residence at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, Bermel has received commissions from, and performed as a soloist with, major orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the U.S. and overseas. He has collaborated with a diverse array of artists as Wynton Marsalis, Midori, John Adams, Paquito D\'Rivera, Philip Glass, Gustavo Dudamel and Stephen Sondheim. His most recent orchestral album, Voices, by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, was hailed as \'magnificent\' by the San Francisco Chronicle and nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award.