Martin Owen (Horn player)

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Martin Owen (born 22 September 1973) is a British horn player. After studying at the Royal Academy of Music, he became Principal horn of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra between 1998 and 2008. Since 2008 Owen has retained the position of Principal horn with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Martin Owen regularly plays guest principal horn with the major London Orchestras, and many further afield, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He also has a varied solo career outside the orchestra and appears as soloist and chamber musician in some of the leading music festivals around the world. Owen is a regular performer at the Wigmore Hall, making his debut in 1997 with Benjamin Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings alongside Philip Langridge and Guildhall Strings. Since then he has returned performing the same work with Toby Spence and the Scottish Ensemble. This last collaboration led to a recording for Linn records leading to Paul Driver of the Sunday Times citing "Owen's playing is a luxury for the ear". Other recent recordings include Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4 with the Royal Philharmonic (RPO Classics label), Schubert Octet (Wigmore Hall Live label), with Michael Collins, Roderick Elms 'Four Seasonal Nocturnes (Dutton label, with RPO), and Danzi Sinfonia Concertante with the Orquestra de Cadaques.

In October 2006, Owen gave the world premiere of Malcolm Arnold's Burlesque for horn and orchestra, with the RPO. The work, a recently recovered fragment, is thought to be part of an unrealized first horn concerto.

Recent performances include Schumann's Konzertstuck with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2007 BBC Proms, Britten's Serenade at the 2008 Bad Kissingen festival with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the London premiere of the Elliott Carter Horn Concerto at the Barbican Centre, for the composer's 100th birthday, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Oliver Knussen.

In 2009,Owen performed Knussen's Horn Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the BBC Proms live on BBC4 television and BBC Radio 3.

Martin Owen was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Music in 2006, where he is now Professor of Horn (since 2008).

Martin Owen is represented by Worldwide Artists Management.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 The Canticles Benjamin Britten; Ben Johnsson, James Baillieu, Christopher Ainslie, Benedict Nelson, Martin Owen, Lucy Wakeford 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 BBC Music, Volume 18, Number 5: Symphony No. 4 / Konzertstück for Four Horns (BBC Philharmonic) Robert Schumann; BBC Philharmonic, David Pyatt, Michael Thompson, Martin Owen, Cormac Ó hAodaín, Sir Charles Mackerras, Gianandrea Noseda 1

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