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Awards: Grammy Award Winner: 5-time winner (2018, 2015, 2011, 2006) [13 nominations total]; Doris Duke Artist Award: 2013
Billy Childs has emerged as one of the foremost American composers of his era, earning him the most distinctly American composer since Aaron Copeland.
A native of Los Angeles, Childs grew up immersed in jazz, classical, and popular music influences. Childs has written and produced I’ve Known Rivers (1995) on Stretch/GRP, The Child Within (1996) on Shanachie, and two volumes of “jazz/chamber music” (an amalgam of jazz and classical music) – Lyric, Vol. 1 (2006) and Autumn: In Moving Pictures, Vol. 2 (2010); the recordings earned him two GRAMMY awards and five nominations.
Simultaneously with his recording career, Childs has occupied a parallel niche as an in-demand composer. His orchestral and chamber commission credits include Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Kronos Quartet, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The American Brass Quintet, The Ying Quartet, and The Dorian Wind Quintet. Thus far in his career, Childs has garnered thirteen GRAMMY nominations and four awards.
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