corno, Martin Owen
Martin is widely regarded as one of Europe’s leading horn players, appearing as guest Principal Horn both with the major London orchestras and those further afield, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He also appears as soloist and chamber musician in some of the leading music festivals around the world. Since making his Wigmore Hall debut in 1997, Martin has performed a variety of recitals and concertos at home and abroad, including the USA, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, Bulgaria and Kazakhstan. In 1998, he was appointed Principal Horn of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, relinquishing the post in 2008 after ten years of service. Martin currently holds the position of Principal Horn at the BBC Symphony Orchestra, but still enjoys a busy and varied solo career. Martin performed Britten’s Serenade with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the 2008 Bad Kissingen Festival, and subsequently made his Barbican debut in the London premiere of Elliott Carter’s horn concerto, also with the BBC Symphony/Oliver Knussen, as part of Carter’s 100th birthday celebrations. Martin’s performance of this work was released by Bridge Records in March 2010. His recent recording of Danzi’s Sinfonia Concertante, with the Orquestra de Cadaques, was released in 2009 on the Trito label. Martin returned to the Proms as soloist in a highly-acclaimed performance of Oliver Knussen’s horn concerto with the BBC Symphony conducted by the composer, broadcast live on BBC television and radio. Martin has been awarded a Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music.