Combining over 25 years’ experience in the arts with a passion for creating new cultural landscapes in changing times, Iris Derke enjoys a diverse career as an entrepreneur, musician, executive, and producer. Ms. Derke is co-founder and General Director of Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), a major production company encompassing large-scale concerts at numerous prestigious concert venues around the world. DCINY has brought together several thousands of talented artists and musicians from across the globe in performance. Ms. Derke is also a frequent collaborator with such esteemed artists as Eric Whitacre, Karl Jenkins, Morten Lauridsen and Christopher Tin, presenting numerous world and American premieres of their works.
Ms. Derke is a major contributor to the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Chorus America, National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), and the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM), among other organizations. She recently presented at the Association of British Choral Directors Conference in Leeds, UK.
A versatile artist, flautist Iris Derke’s performances have taken her throughout the world including appearances as a concerto soloist with the Polish National Symphony, at the International Forum of New Music in Mexico City, and her Carnegie Hall recital debut at Weill Recital Hall. Her appearance at Lincoln Center with the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra received much praise, for Ms. Derke’s “attentive and loving performance… (providing) celestial music… and heart-rendering sequences.” Ms. Derke can additionally be heard on numerous studio recordings with Disney, Columbia/RCA, and Apple Computers for film, television and educational music software. Ms. Derke recently appeared as soloist with the TURKSOY Symphony Orchestra and Jonathan Griffith Singers in performances in Istanbul, Ankarra and Eskihisar, Turkey.
Originally from Santa Monica, California, Ms. Derke was educated at UCLA, The Royal College of Music in London (United Kingdom), Manhattan School of Music, and at Columbia University School of Business. Ms. Derke currently resides in New York with her family.