Dimitris Economou is a composer, born in Thessaloniki in 1984. He studied with Christos Samaras at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (BA, PhD in Composition) and with William Brooks at the University of York (MA in Composition). Currently he is teaching Composition and Advanced Music Theory as an Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and at the Music College Conservatory of Thessaloniki.
His work is concerned with notions of time and perception. His music deals with the audio aspects that occur from disruption, interference, looping and distortion of various textural developments and linear transformations, suggesting a textural approach with minimum, often gestural, material in his works. Using only acoustic means, melodic lines are garbled, leading to instantaneous disruptions of the development prospect. His music illustrates the paradox that exists with the simulation of a different simultaneous distorted dimension and timeline within the work, embracing and interrupting causality at the same time.
He has received national and international awards such as the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize 2009 (UK), the Charities Philharmonia Young Composers Award 2009 (UK), Honorary Mention Award in the 34 Concurs Joves Compositors Premi International F. Mompou 2013 (ES) and was also the Winner of the Sounds New / Coups de Vents project: International Composer Pyramid 2009-12 (UK). Other prizes include: 8th Composition Competition Y. A. Papaioannou 2007 - 2nd Prize (GR), Contemporary Music Workshop in Thessaloniki Concert Hall 2006 - 1st Prize (GR), 3rd International Competition for Composers 2006 by the Mediterranean Music Centre - 2nd Prize (GR), Composition Competition for the 20 Years of Foundation - School Of Fine Arts - A.U.Th 2006 - Prize (3 equal, GR), Contemporary Music Workshop in Athens Concert Hall 2005 - Prize (3 equal, GR), 1st National Chamber Music Festival 2003 - Prize (3 equal, GR), 1st International Composition Competition Foudouli Conservatory 2003 - 1st Honor Award (GR) and at the National Student Music Competition by the Ministry of Education of Greece 2001 - 3rd Prize (GR).
Economou’s works have been published by Edition Peters and have been commissioned by ensembles and orchestras such as the Athens State Orchestra (GR), Philharmonia Orchestra (UK), Berlin PianoPercussion (DE), Trio IAMA (GR), Hellenic Ensemble for Contemporary Music (GR), Piandaemonium Ensemble (GR), Contra Tempo (GR). He has also collaborated with the Lontano Ensemble (UK), Charities Philharmonia (UK), Chimera Ensemble (UK), Ossian Ensemble (UK) and the dissonArt Ensemble (GR). His music has been performed in the UK, Greece, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland and Cyprus in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall (UK), St. John’s Smith Square (UK), Konzerthaus Berlin (DE), Athens Megaron Concert Hall (GR), Thessaloniki’s Concert Hall (GR) and his recordings have appeared on the Dissonance Records and Irida Classical labels. Dimitris Economou is a member of the Greek Composers Union.