About

Owen is a composer and conductor. As a composer, his interest lies in composing out the aesthetics of romanticism. This forms part of his current doctoral research at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His oeuvre includes works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, choir, voice, solo instrument, dance, film, and electroacoustic music.

He is a prizewinner of numerous composition competitions, such as the AESS Song Writing Competition, the Arcubus Ensemble Call for Scores, and the Hong Kong International Composition Competition for Chromatic Harmonica. He has also received honourable mention in the IOCSF Choral Composition Competition and was a finalist in the Hendrix College Candlelight Carol Competition.

Owen’s music is performed across the UK, Europe, USA, and Hong Kong. His music has been published by the UCLA Music Library, Goodmusic Publishing, and listed on the CoMA Library. He is grateful to the financial support of the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust, the Macfarlane Walker Trust, the Goodenough College Bursary, the Golsoncott Foundation, the Sergei Rachmaninoff Foundation, and the GSMD Financial Award.

Equally active as a conductor, Owen is the Artistic Director of Ensemble Matters, a London-based group dedicated to collaborating with creatives in and outside the field of music as well as performing traditional concert staples in a new light. In parallel with his commitment in new music and cross-artistic collaborations, Owen serves as the Music Director of the Goodensemble Orchestra, a cross-conservatoire orchestra that focuses on works from the common practice period.

Owen’s current doctoral supervisors at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama are Julian Anderson, Steve Potter, and Julian Philips. Previously, he graduated from the Royal College of Music (MMus in Composition; Distinction) and the University of Hong Kong (BA in Music; First Class Honours) . His principal teachers were Kenneth Hesketh and Hing-yan Chan respectively.

Major Achievements

  • Nov 2021: Merit Prize in Hong Kong International Composition Competition for Chromatic Harmonica (Chromatic Harmonica with Chamber Orchestra)
  • Oct 2020: Commissioned by Bloomsbury Festival and funded by Hong Kong Arts Development Council
  • Oct 2019: Winner of the Arcubus Ensemble Call for Scores
  • Oct 2019: First-prize in The Association of English Singers & Speakers Song Writing Competition
  • Jan 2017: Honourable Mention in International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (IOCSF) – Choral Composition Competition
  • Sep 2016: Finalist in Hendrix College (USA) Candlelight Carol Competition
  • Numerous scholarships between 2014 – 18 in recognition of academic excellence: Foundation Scholarship for Outstanding Students, HKU Faculty of Arts Dean’s Honours List, Hong Kong Children’s Choir Scholarship, Bernard Van Zuiden Prize, Rayson Huang Scholarship in Music, Jao Yu Tsong Memorial Prize in Music, Run Run Shaw Scholarship, and Prof. Robert Lord Memorial Prize in Music.