Fred Child is the host of American Public Media’s Performance Today, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America. He is also the commentator and announcer for Live From Lincoln Center, the only live performing arts series on television.
Mr. Child appears as a host and speaker at classical music festivals and events around the country, including the Aspen Music Festival and School, Spoleto Festival USA, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Beyond the world of classical music, he hosted NPR’s innovative Creators@Carnegie, a program of wide-ranging performers in concert, including Brian Wilson, David Byrne, Dawn Upshaw, Youssou N’Dour, Emmylou Harris, and others.
In recent years, Fred Child has hosted a series of unique, live, national concert broadcasts, from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York to Los Angeles, London, Boston, and Cardiff, Wales. His music reviews have appeared on NPR. He’s been a contributor to Billboard magazine, and a concert host and commentator for BBC Radio 3.
While growing up in Portland, Oregon, Fred Child studied classical piano. He also dabbles in guitar, percussion, and bagpipes. His percussion band opened for the Grateful Dead at the Oakland Coliseum. He has narrated works at the Aspen Festival, with the Virginia Symphony, with the U.S. Marine Band, and at the Round Top Festival-Institute. His rare musical performances in public include percussion with guitarist Sharon Isbin and piano four-hands duets with Andre-Michel Schub. He appears as an actor in a video commissioned for the Partita for Solo Violin by Philip Glass.
He loves baseball (throws right, bats left) and soccer (he’s a fan of North London’s Tottenham Hotspur), and is an avid hiker, climber, skier, cyclist, a licensed private pilot, and a certified scuba diver.