Biography

Charles Peck (b. 1988) is a composer whose work has been called “daring” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “stunning” (Cut Common), and “spell-binding” (Rappahannock News). His music, spanning a range of chamber and large ensembles, has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, Alarm Will Sound, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Symphony in C, the New York Youth Symphony, the JACK Quartet, Sandbox Percussion, the Locrian Chamber Players, percussionist Ji Hye Jung, clarinetist Derek Bermel, and pianist Holly Roadfeldt.

Recent projects include a new 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 been performed at the Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Other new works include a sextet, titled Kindling, written for and premiered by Yuga Cohler and the Boston New Music Initiative as part of their 5th Annual Commissioning Competition, and a piano quartet, titled Sunburst, commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony as part of the First Music program. The latter piece, after receiving its premiere at Carnegie Hall, has been named a winner of the Left Coast Composition Competition, the Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award, and the NFMC Emil and Ruth Beyer Composition Award, and has received its Australian premiere by the Forest Collective.

Peck’s music has also been selected as a winner of the Lake George Music Festival’s Composition Competition, the Civic Orchestra’s New Music Workshop, the Symphony in C’s Young Composers’ Competition, the Frame Dance Music Composition Competition, the Castleton Festival’s Young Composers Forum, and the NC New Music Initiative’s Orchestral Composition Competition, among others. Recently, his music has been featured at a variety of festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Minnesota Orchestra’s Composer Institute, the Mise-En Music Festival, the American Music Festival, the New Music Gathering, the MARS 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 currently 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

Recent works

Vinyl for chamber orchestra

Kindling for pierrot plus percussion

Sunburst for piano quartet

Rift & Shade for string quartet

Mosaic for orchestra