Peter Child

Peter Child (b. 1953 in Great Yarmouth, England) is currently Head of Music and Theater Arts and the Class of 1949 Professor of Music at MIT. He 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, Martin Boykan, Jacob Druckman and Seymour Shifrin, and he received his Ph.D. in musical composition from Brandeis University in 1981. Child was ‘Music Alive’ composer-in-residence with the Albany Symphony Orchestra 2005-08 and composer-in-residence with the New England Philharmonic Orchestra 2005-11. His music has earned several awards and commissions, including the Jebediah Foundation, the University of Southern California, the Bank of America Celebrity Series, Music of Changes, the Fromm Foundation, the Harvard Musical Association, and Tanglewood to name a few. Child has written for orchestra, chorus, voice, computer synthesis, and various chamber groups. His music has been premiered by leading ensembles in the Boston area and performed throughout the U.S. as well as in the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and the Central Asian Republics of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

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  • Sun. Nov 10, 1:00 pm
A new piano score transcribed from a rehearsal session is the inspiration for Performa's first intercontinental performance.