Charles Peck is a composer whose work has been called “daring” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “spell-binding” (Rappahannock News), 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 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. He has also been named a winner of composition competitions with the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the Lake George Music Festival, the Boston New Music Initiative, the Salvatore Martirano Memorial Award, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the National Federation of Music Clubs, Frame Dance, and Symphony in C, among others.
Recently, Peck has received grants from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the McKnight Foundation, the American Composers Forum, and the Cornell Council for the Arts. Additionally, his music 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 Civic Orchestra New Music Workshop, the Minnesota Orchestra’s Composer Institute, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Mise-En Music Festival, the American Music Festival, the NYC Electroacoustic 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.