Charles Metz

Charles Metz studied piano at Penn State University, beginning his harpsichord studies through private lessons with the legendary Igor Kipnis. While earning his Ph.D. in Historical Performance Practice at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri, he studied with Trevor Pinnock.   More recently, Charles has worked with Webb Wiggins and Lisa Crawford at the Oberlin Conservatory.  Charles has performed across the country with concerts in Chicago IL, Saratoga NY, Bennington VT, Louisville, KY and Liberty, MO in their Baroque music JEMS Fest. He has performed solo recitals at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., Oberlin Conservatory and appeared as guest artist in Kansas City for the KC Symphony’s “Summerfest”.  With the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis, he was the featured soloist in Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg Concerto under conductor Nicholas McGegan. He has appeared with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Ars Antigua Chicago and The Newberry Consort.  Recently he has played with the Desert Baroque in Palm Desert California and did performances and master classes at University of Michigan and Pennsylvania State University.  As an early keyboard specialist he performs on his historic Italian virginal, harpsichords and fortepianos.  Dr. Metz’s performance credits include appearances in the Netherlands, Germany and Costa Rica.  Dr. Metz also obtained a doctorate in Optometry and worked for twenty years in his own private practice and Clarkson Eyecare in St. Louis before retiring.  In addition to his performing activity, he serves on the Board of Directors of Chamber Music Society of St. Louis and The Newberry Consort.