Billy Childs (b. Los Angeles, 1957) earned his bachelor degree in composition from USC in 1979. Since then Mr. Childs has received a number of orchestral and chamber commissions from, among others: the Los
Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The Kronos Quartet, Anne Akiko Meyers, and Rachel Barton Pine. He has garnered five Grammy Awards (16 nominations), a
Guggenheim Fellowship, a Composers Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and an Outstanding Alumnus Award from the USC Thornton School of Music. He
has been called “one of the most distinctly American voices in composition, of his generation”.