Dimitris Economou (Thessaloniki, Greece, 1984) studied Composition at the Department of Music Studies – School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with Professor Christos Samaras. In 2008 he moved to York in the UK where he completed his Master of Arts in Composition with Professor William Brooks at the University of York. Currently he is studying towards a Ph.D. at the Department of Music Studies – School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki supervised by Christos Samaras.
He has received awards and distinctions such as the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize 2009 (UK), Charities Philharmonia Young Composers Award 2009 (UK), 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 - 3 equal (GR), Contemporary Music Workshop in Athens Concert Hall 2005 - 3 equal (GR), 1st National Chamber Music Festival 2003 - 3 equal (GR), among others. In 2011 he was awarded the Scholarship of Excellence in Ph.D. Studies by the Research Committee of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
His works have been commissioned by ensembles and orchestras such as the Athens State Orchestra (GR), Philharmonia Orchestra (UK), Trio IAMA (GR), Greek Ensemble for Contemporary Music (GR) and others. He has also collaborated with the dissonArt Ensemble (GR), Charities Philharmonia (UK), Chimera Ensemble (UK) and the Lontano Ensemble (UK). His music has been performed in the UK, Greece, Germany and Cyprus in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall (UK), Athens Megaron Concert Hall (GR), Thessaloniki Concert Hall (GR) and is published in compilations by Dissonance Records and Irida Classical.