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(b 1953 )

Peter Child is Professor of Music and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT. He was born in England in 1953 and has lived in the United States since enrolling at Reed College through a junior-year exchange program. Child’s composition teachers include William Albright, Bernard Barrell, Arthur Berger, Jacob Druckman and Seymour Shifrin, and he received his Ph.D. in musical composition from Brandeis University in 1981. Child was American Symphony Orchestra League-Meet the Composer Music Alive composer in residence with the Albany Symphony Orchestra in 2005–08 and is presently composer in residence with the New England Philharmonic.

Child’s music has earned awards and commissions from Music of Changes, the Fromm Foundation, the Harvard Musical Association, Tanglewood, WGBH Radio, East and West Artists, the New England Conservatory, the League/ISCM, and the MIT Council for the Arts, as well as two Composition Fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. He has also been awarded fellowships by the Watson Foundation, the MacDowell Colony and the Composers’ Conference, and four ‘New Works’ commissions from the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities. Some of his music has been recorded for the New World, Albany, CRI, Neuma, Centaur and Rivoalto labels. He is the recipient of the 2004 Levitan Prize in the Humanities at MIT for his work on musical analysis.

Child has written for orchestra, chorus, voice, computer synthesis, and various chamber groups. His music has been prominently featured on the Lontano Festival of American Music in London (2006, 2008) and performed by United Berlin (Germany), Ensemble Lontano and the BBC Singers (UK), Interensemble (Italy), Speak Percussion (Australia), the National Symphony Orchestras of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, and by new music ensembles throughout the United States.

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Role: Classical Composer 
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