Doris Duke Artist Award, 2013
Los Angeles, CA
Pianist and composer Billy Childs is known for bridging chamber music and jazz. He has performed with legendary jazz artists such as Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, and Wynton Marsalis, as well as cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Joshua Bell, and popular artists Chris Botti and Sting. He has been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and Dorian Wind Quintet. His solo jazz recordings have garnered ten Grammy nominations and three Grammy awards. Recently, he has recorded two volumes of jazz/chamber music—Lyric, Vol. 1 (Lunacy, 2006) and Autumn: In Moving Pictures, Vol. 2 (Lunacy, 2010). Critics have described the music as episodic, full of color, and seamlessly coherent, devoid of string quartet annexes. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009), a MAP Fund grant (2008), and a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant (2004), among other honors. His quartet recently performed as part of the inaugural season of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s DOHA, Qatar location. In 2014 he will release an album re-imagining the music of singer/songwriter Laura Nyro.