I aim to make the difficult task of playing consistent, accurate, and beautiful notes a more certain process by embodying the French horn motto "simple things done well."
Kevin Owen is a journeyman musician and educator, performing with symphony orchestras, chamber music groups, swing bands, rock bands, jazz ensembles, and in the recording studio.
Principal horn of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and the Boston Philharmonic, for 25 years he has been "first-call" horn substitute with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestra. He has also "subbed" with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic. Owen has been featured as a soloist by the Boston Pops, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic, and many other regional orchestras. He has appeared on the David Letterman and Conan O'Brien shows with the rock groups Guster and My Morning Jacket. He has toured internationally with Empire Brass, the Boston Chamber Music Society, and, recently, A Far Cry, a self-conducted, Grammy-nominated Boston chamber orchestra. He's been in the backup band for Peter Frampton, the Moody Blues, Kansas, Frank Sinatra Jr., and many other popular artists.
Owen graduated from Boston University in 1983. While there, he received the Outstanding Brass Performer Award and won the Concerto-Aria Competition. With the Boston Wind Quintet, the quintet in residence at Boston University, he won five international chamber music competitions. His teachers were Robert Hagreen, Dr. Charles Kavaloski, David Ohanian, Myron Bloom, and Jay Wadenpfuhl.