tom owen oboe
Tom Owen was born in Sussex.. He began his studies as a scholar at the Purcell School of Music studying with Melanie Ragge, after which he went on to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Tess Miller. At the age of 19 he won the Royal Academy of Music Oboe Prize and later received the Musicians Benevolent Fund's "Professor Charles Leggett Award" and a "Sidney Perry Award" from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund resulting in an Oboe and Piano recital in London's Royal Festival Hall. Tom then spent four years at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover, with Prof. Klaus Becker, where he had a place in the college's prestigious Solo Class. Tom was fortunate to receive additional financial support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Hattori Foundation during his study period. While studying in Hannover he was on trial for the Principal Oboe positions with both the Northern Sinfonia and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
During his final year of study in Hannover, Tom was appointed Principal Oboist of the Gürzenich Orchestra, Cologne, resident in the Cologne Opera House and the Cologne Philharmonie. In addition to his work in Cologne, Tom appears regularly as Guest Principal Oboist with many of Europe's leading Symphony Orchestras including the Stattskapelle Dresden, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the North, West and Southwest German Radio Orchestras and both of the Radio Orchestras in Berlin. Additionally he works with the Chamber Orchestras Spira Mirabilis, the Musikkollegium Wintherthur in Switzerland, Ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg, Britten Sinfonia in Cambridge and the Camerata Salzburg.
Tom has performed in America, Europe and Asia both as a soloist and chamber musician. He featured as a soloist in Germany's Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival with violinist Nigel Kennedy performing Bach's Double Concerto. Other highlights include multiple performances of the Strauss Concerto and Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Gürzenich-Orchestra in the Cologne Philharmonie under Markus Stenz, the Fischer Oboe Concerto in the Cologne Philharmonie with the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic under Reinhard Goebel and the 2nd Brandenburg Concerto with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra under Christian Ludwig.. A busy Chamber Musician, Tom has performed with the German Linos Ensemble and recorded with the Calamus Ensemble in addition to working with his own ensemble, the Cologne Chamber Soloists, who have recently signed with the record label "MDG" and brought out their debut album featuring the Chamber Music of Gerald Finzi. Tom is also a founder and vice chairman of the Cologne Chamber Music Series "KammerMusikKöln" soon to go into its fourth season.
He has a busy private teaching schedule in Cologne and has given master classes and recitals in the Central Conservatory Beijing, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the NRW Orchesterzentrum in Dortmund. He regularly takes part in festivals around Europe and gave concerts and masterclasses in Atri, Italy as part of the 15th International Festival "Duchi d'Acquaviva", in the Beijing International Oboe Festival 2014 and the International Double Reed Soceity convention in Tokyo 2015. In 2015 Tom was named associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).