Martin Owen is widely regarded as one of Europe’s leading horn players, appearing as soloist and chamber musician at some of the leading music festivals around the world. He currently holds the positions of Principal Horn at the BBC Symphony Orchestra and is on a temporary contract as Solo Horn of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, having served as Principal Horn of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for ten years. Recent highlights include performances of concertos by Mozart, Richard Strauss, Schumann, Messiaen, Britten, Elliott Carter and Oliver Knussen, with orchestras including the BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Orquesta Nacional de España, The Hallé, New World Symphony and Ensemble Modern. Other recordings include Mozart’s horn concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (for RPO Classics), Britten’s Serenade with Toby Spence and the Scottish Ensemble directed by Clio Gould (for Linn), Schubert’s Octet with Michael Collins (which was recorded for Wigmore Hall’s Live label), Schumann’s Konzertstück with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Mackerras (on the BBC’s label), Danzi’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Orquestra de Cadaques/Marriner (on the Trito label) and Roderick Elms’ Four Seasonal Nocturnes with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Cleobury (for Dutton). Additionally, Martin Owen has performed on over 300 movie soundtracks to date including James Bond, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Gladiator and Pirates of the Caribbean films. In 2012/13, Martin will perform at festivals in the UK, Germany and the Ukraine, concerts with Ensemble Berlin in Portugal, Austria, Germany and Croatia, and perform Knussen’s horn concerto and Schumann’s Konzertstück with the BBCSO. Upcoming recordings include Schubert’s Octet (for SOMM). He will perform Benjamin Britten’s Serenade with Ben Johnson at Aldeburgh in 2013, the Centenary of Britten’s birth.
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