Biography

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Charles Peck is a composer whose work has been called “daring” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “stunning” (Cut Common), and “wild and shimmering” (Broad Street Review). His music, spanning a range of chamber and large ensembles, has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Albany and Columbus Symphonies, Alarm Will Sound, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the JACK Quartet, Sandbox Percussion, Ji Hye Jung, and Holly Roadfeldt.

 

Recent projects include a chamber orchestra piece, titled Vinyl, which imitates the skips and pitch warping of vinyl records. The piece, praised as “substantial, personal, genuine” (Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music), was written for Alarm Will Sound and the Mizzou International Composers Festival and has since been awarded an ASCAP Morton Gould Award and has been performed at the Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

 

Other recent pieces include a sextet, titled Kindling, commissioned by the Boston New Music Initiative, and a piano quartet, titled Sunburst, commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony as part of their First Music program. Kindling has since been performed by a number of groups, including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Contemporaneous, the Catchfire Collective, and the Charles Ives Concert Series, while Sunburst, after receiving its premiere at Carnegie Hall, has been named a winner of the Left Coast Composition Competition, the Salvatore Martirano Composition Award, and the NFMC Beyer Composition Award, and has received its Australian premiere by the Forest Collective.

 

Currently, Peck is working on several new projects, ranging from solo to orchestral music, including commissions from the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Bergamot Quartet, the F-Plus Trio, Ensemble Écoute, violinist Hajnal Pivnick, and piano/percussion duo Brianna Matzke and Chris Graham.

 

Peck’s music has also been selected as a winner of composition competitions with the Lake George Music Festival, the RED NOTE New Music Festival, Symphony in C, Quartet Nouveau, Frame Dance, the Four Corners Ensemble, the Locrian Chamber Players, Iceberg New Music, the Foundation for Modern Music, and the Castleton Festival, among others. Recently, his work has been featured at a variety of festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Minnesota Orchestra’s Composer Institute, Cultivate at Copland House, the Mise-En Music Festival, the American Music Festival, New Music Miami, the New Music Gathering, the Vale of Glamorgan Festival, and the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival. Peck’s work has also been supported by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the McKnight Foundation, the American Composers Forum, and the Cornell Council for the Arts.

 

Peck teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is a doctoral candidate at Cornell University where he earned the Otto R. Stahl Memorial Award in composition. He received his Master’s in Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. There, he was named the winner of the Composition Competition and was awarded the Scott Huston Award for composition. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry from Drexel University.

 

 

SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Charles Peck is a composer whose work has been called “daring” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “wild and shimmering” (Broad Street Review), and “substantial, personal, genuine” (Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music). His music, spanning a range of chamber and large ensembles, has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Albany and Columbus Symphonies, Alarm Will Sound, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the JACK Quartet, Sandbox Percussion, and Ji Hye Jung. Recently, Peck has received commissions from the Barlow Endowment, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the F-Plus Trio and has been named a winner of composition competitions with the New York Youth Symphony, the ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, the Lake George Music Festival, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Red Note New Music Festival, Symphony in C, the Boston New Music Initiative, and the Salvatore Martirano Memorial Award, among others. His music has been featured at a variety of venues and festivals, including Carnegie Hall, the Aspen Music Festival, the Cabrillo Festival, the Mizzou International Composers Festival, the Minnesota Orchestra’s Composer Institute, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Cultivate at Copland House, the Mise-En Music Festival, and the New Music Gathering. Peck currently teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is a doctoral candidate at Cornell University.

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