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Kevin Owen

French Horn Faculty

Kevin Owen attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in 1978 as a French hornist, winning the Outstanding Orchestral Player Award, and again in 1979 as a conductor, winning the Outstanding Contribution to the Program Award. He earned his B.M. from Boston University in 1983, where he was winner of the Dean’s Scholar and Outstanding Brass Player Awards. He also won the Concerto-Aria and Boston Pops Solo competitions, performing with the Boston Pops during Commencement Weekend in 1983.

While attending Boston University in the early 80s, Owen joined the Boston Wind Quintet, which went on to win the top prize at the Young Performers of Connecticut Chamber Music Competition, along with the Coleman, Fischoff, Carmel and Shoreline Arts Alliance Chamber Music Competitions, all within one year. They gave their Carnegie Recital Hall debut in the fall of 1985. In 1986, Owen again won the Shoreline Arts Alliance Chamber Music Competition, this time with the Epic Brass, going on to give another Carnegie Recital Hall debut. For nineteen years, he has been a member of the Beacon Brass Quintet, the first brass ensemble ever to win the prestigious Concert Artists Guild Award, and he has toured nationally and internationally with the Empire Brass, the Boston Chamber Music Society and the Epic Brass. An active French hornist and educator, Owen is currently principal horn of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Boston Lyric Opera (BLO), the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Boston Philharmonic orchestras. He has also been a member of the New Haven and Portland Symphony Orchestras.

For twenty years, Owen has been a regular substitute with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and the Boston Pops, and he has played with the Vienna and St. Petersburg philharmonic orchestras, as well as the Syracuse and Springfield symphony orchestras, among others. Additionally, many orchestras have asked Owen to perform as a soloist, including the Boston Pops, the Rhode Island, New Haven and Portland symphonies, the Boston Philharmonic, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Boston. He has also appeared with the rock bands Guster and My Morning Jacket on the David Letterman and Conan O’Brien television shows.

Owen has taught French horn at Rhode Island College and The Boston Conservatory, as well as chamber music at Brown University. In the summer of 2010, he instructed young French hornists at Boston Universities’ Tanglewood Institute. For two years, he has been working with the music department of Dracut High School in Dracut (Massachusetts) under a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the BSO. 

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