Martin Owen


Martin began playing the violin at the age of 12 and went on to be awarded a scholarship to Wells Cathedral School where he studied with Catherine Lord. It was there that his love of chamber music playing began, culminating in concerts at the Purcell Room.

He went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music where his teachers were Jean Harvey, Clarence Myerscough, and Howard Davis. During his time there he was accepted as a member of the 1st violin section of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra with whom he toured all over Europe under conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink, Neeme Jarvi, and Pierre Boulez. 

He began his professional career in 1997 having been awarded trials with both the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera before his career was interrupted by a serious car accident two years later.

With the support of Howard Davis, Martin re-learned to play the violin and went on to work with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the next nine years, playing under Kurt Masur, Vladimir Jurowski, and Franz Welser-Most to name a few, and recording amongst many other things the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. 

He now freelances with orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC NOW, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, WNO, and the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, and involves himself in as much chamber music as possible.

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