Cris Derksen

Cris Derksen

General Audience
New Music - Multiduscuplinary

Cris Derksen braids her classical cello training and indigenous roots with modern electronic sensibilities to create truly original, compelling sounds. An accomplished composer, Cris works with visual artists, dancers, and other musicians to create interdisciplinary works which wow audiences worldwide.

An upcoming fully produced, multi-angle studio concert video will be released in fall 2021 and will be available for licensing.

Cris Derksen 04 credit Tanja Tiziana LR.

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Online commissioning for livestreams performances, bespoke digital offerings, and fully produced videos


On YouTube, Facebook, and/or private platform

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Variable according to commissioner's needs


English only

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Recent Digital Performances:

  • University of British Columbia

  • Tidemark Theatre

  • Nordwind Festival, Germany

  • FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre


Juno nominated Cris Derksen, originally from Northern Alberta, Canada, is an internationally respected Indigenous cellist and composer. Derksen braids the traditional and contemporary, weaving her classical background and her Indigenous ancestry together with new school electronics to create genre-defying music. As a composer she has her foot in many worlds working in choral, symphonic, film, theatre and dance, with a new commission from the Calgary Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra premiering in 2020. As a performer Derksen performs nationally and internationally. Recent destinations include Hong Kong, Australia, Mongolia, Europe, Mexico and a whole lot of Canada: the place Derksen refers to as home.