Billy Childs with the Billy Childs Ensemble Directed by Shamie Royston
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Billy Childs merges his personal background with Western classical music in an ingenious and powerful way. Come hear this eminent composer and pianist perform selected works with an exceptional Berklee student ensemble under the direction of Shamie Royston.
Childs has emerged as one of the foremost American composers of his era and perhaps the most distinctly American composer since Aaron Copland. Like Copland, he has successfully married the musical products of his heritage with the Western neo-classical traditions of the 20th century in a powerful symbiosis of style, range, and dynamism. Thus far, Childs has garnered 13 Grammy nominations and four awards: two for Best Instrumental Composition ("Into the Light" from Lyric and "The Path among the Trees" from Autumn: In Moving Pictures) and two for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist ("New York Tendaberry" from Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro and "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" from To Love Again). In 2006, Childs was awarded a Chamber Music America Composer’s Grant, and in 2009 he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was also awarded the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award in 2013 and the music award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2015. Most recently, Childs has recorded a collection of reimagined Laura Nyro compositions for Sony Masterworks, released in September 2014. Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro was produced by Larry Klein and features an impressive array of guest artists including Renee Fleming, Wayne Shorter, Alison Krauss, Dianne Reeves, and Jerry Douglas, among others. As a pianist, Childs has performed with artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Renee Fleming, Chick Corea, and the Kronos Quartet, among many others.