Born in 1953, English bred Peter Child moved across the Atlantic through an exchange scholarship to land at Reed College. After receiving his B.A., the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship allowed Child to spend a year studying Karnatic music in Madras. He returned to the US and, after studying with the likes of William Albright, Bernard Barrell, Arthur Berger, and Martin Boykan, received his Ph.D. in musical composition from Brandeis University in 1981. Child has accrued a voluminous amount of commissions and awards through out his career. These feats include receiving the Margaret Grant Memorial Prize from Tanglewood, East and West Artists' First Prize, a Music of Changes award, and two Composition Fellowships from the Massachusetts Artist Foundation.
Recently awarded an American Symphony Orchestra League-Meet the Composer "Music Alive" residency with the Albany Symphony Orchestra; he also serves as composer-in-residence for the New England Philharmonic Orchestra, both until 2008. Child's music ranges widely from orchestra to computer synthesis and compositionally has been compared to Ives, Britten, and Mahler.
"Ziporyn wrote his concerto for tabla master Sandeep Das, who played his instrument - two hand drums of contrasting size and timbre - with the prestidigitation of a virtuoso pianist, conjuring colors, seasons, and emotions in his pattering, pounding, and rhythmic pyrotechnics."