Help Musicians is delighted to announce the appointment of world-renowned pianist Charles Owen as an Ambassador.
The charity welcomes Charles as Ambassador following his recent appearance for Help Musicians this month, which saw him lead a piano masterclass at Steinway Hall to shape the skills of two 2019 Postgraduate awardees, Yuanfan Yang and Arisa Onoda.
Charles is a true virtuoso in his field, described by Gramophone magazine as “one of the finest British pianists of his generation”. He has enjoyed an extensive international career performing wide-ranging repertoire to outstanding critical acclaim.
In his youth Charles was awarded a scholarship to the Yehudi Menuhin School and went on to qualify as a finalist in the Piano Section of BBC Young Musician of the Year 1988. From there, he won the hugely prestigious Royal College of Music Chappell Gold Medal, Silver Medal at the Scottish International Piano Competition and the Parkhouse Award for chamber ensembles of piano with strings.
His solo recordings include works by JS Bach, Janácek and Poulenc as well as the complete Nocturnes and Barcarolles of Fauré. His chamber music partners include Natalie Clein, Katya Apekisheva, Julian Rachlin, Chloe Hanslip, Augustin Hadelich and Nicholas Daniel as well as the Vertavo, Takacs and Elias Quartets.
Charles is also a Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School, Co-Artistic Director of the London Piano Festival and an ambassador for Steinway & Sons UK.
James Ainscough, Help Musicians CEO, said: "On behalf of Help Musicians, we are delighted to welcome Charles Owen to the charity in his official role as Ambassador. Charles shares our values and we are very grateful for his support and encouragement. We would also like to thank him for the fascinating masterclass at Steinway Hall this month where he taught, entertained, fundraised and highlighted the growing need for the charity’s work. We look forward to collaborating with Charles for many years to come, as we strive to ensure that the charity can make a meaningful difference in the lives of even more musicians, leading up to our centenary in 2021 and beyond."
Charles Owen added: “It’s a great honour to become an official Ambassador for Help Musicians. I hugely enjoyed leading the piano masterclass at Steinway Hall and look forward to supporting the charity and offering my experienced guidance to many other award recipients. The charity has been doing such vital work for nearly a hundred years and the need from musicians for our support is greater than ever. Help Musicians want a world where musicians thrive and it is my privilege to align with such an important vision and to represent and support the charity’s fundraising cause.”