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Russell Peck,
composer
(1945 - 2009)

Biography for Young People's Concerts


Russell Peck's music is frequently performed at classical concerts by symphony orchestras. He also made a name for himself as an orchestra composer for young people and was an active narrator of his own pieces. His compositions have been played by hundreds of orchestras in the United States and around the world. When he narrated The Thrill of the Orchestra, Playing With Style, Jack and Jill at Bunker Hill, or Where's Red Robin? he brought home his love of the orchestra.

A recipient of honors including the Koussevitsky Prize and Ford Foundation and NEA grants, his works have also been released on CD by the London Symphony, Colorado Symphony Strings, the Alabama Symphony, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London.

In a front page story the Wall Street Journal described how his composition Drastic Measures helped The New Century saxophone quartet win the prestigious New York Concert Artists Guild Competition. Former President Clinton invited them to play this work for him at the White House.

Born in Detroit in 1945, Peck already had symphony pieces played when he was in high school (he played piano and trombone.) Russell lived in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife Cameron, where he liked to hike, read books, canoe, and kayak.

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