2017 RPS Composition Prize winner
Commission: chamber work for the Presteigne Festival 2018 (RPS / Presteigne Festival Alan Horne Memorial commission)
Manos Charalabopoulos is a Greek-British composer, pianist and teacher. His compositions generally focus on the exploration of harmony and its relationship to formal narrative.
The son of a pianist and a violinist, Manos was initially trained as a classical pianist. By the age of twenty, he had garnered a handful of national and international competition prizes and made over two hundred public performances in venues such as the Bridgewater Hall, Bath Pump Rooms, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Megaron Moussikis, among others.
The tables were turned after his BA graduation, when Manos decided to make of composition – a hitherto leisurely pastime – the cornerstone of his artistic endeavours. He has since 2013 received composition commissions from various institutions, including the Royal Philharmonic Society (Presteigne Festival 2018), the Gesellschaft für Neue Musik Münster (KlangZeit Festival 2014) and New Music in the South West (St George’s, Bristol). His horn trio, Canto, was recorded in 2016 with the generous support of the Fidelio Trust, while the same work brought him to the shortlist of both the OPUS2015 competition and the 2017 Ivan Juritz Prize. Meanwhile workshop-recordings with Accroche Note (Festival Musica 2015), the BBC Singers and Lontano Ensemble have been critical in his development as a composer.
Manos has been studying at King’s College London under the joint supervision of Sir George Benjamin and Silvina Milstein and looks forward to completing his doctoral thesis early in 2018. In the meantime, he continues to pursue opportunities to share his work – old and new – with a greater audience.
Graham Johnson, pianist: awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2010 for his 'unstinting championship of Song'.
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