Charles Economou is a musician with wide-ranging interests. His first studies were in Mathematics at Cambridge University, but encouraged by Murray Perahia and Howard Shelley among others, he decided to make music his career. He performs regularly in London and throughout the UK as a solo pianist, accompanist and chamber musician, and his concerto performances have included Beethoven’s Emperor and the Ravel G major. He is particularly in demand as an accompanist for singers, including the renowned baritone Donald Maxwell, with whom he has given many concerts.
Meanwhile his solo recitals have presented a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach to modernist pieces such as the Boulez sonatas, alongside the great romantic works of Chopin, Schumann and Brahms. Apart from his playing, he devotes much of his time to composition.
His recent piece, Kurukshetra for violin, piano and reciter, was performed at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam last March and broadcast on Dutch classical radio. Arjuna’s Transfiguration – a shorter related piece – has been recorded by Hugo Ticciati and Henrik Mawe for their album Sonic Philosophy. He also enjoys having opportunities to lecture on the music that most interests him and has given lecture-recitals, in Stockholm and elsewhere, on composers such as Schoenberg, Webern and Boulez.