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 local 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 the Empire Brass, the Boston Chamber Music Society and recently with A Far Cry, Boston’s self conducted Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra. He’s been in the backup band for Peter Frampton, the Moody Blues, Kansas, Frank Sinatra, Jr., and many other popular artists.
There are only three difficult things about playing the French horn – the beginning of the note, the middle of the note, and the end of the note! While simple to understand the concept, 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” in a daily review and exploration of the fundamental skills of French horn playing. I organize my teaching into three large areas –
1. Playing Fundamentals, the nuts-and-bolts business of breathing, forming the lips into an embouchure, and producing an accurate and attractive sound.
2. Practice Technique, the business of learning techniques, games and tricks to learn music completely and effectively in the least amount of time.
3. Performance Practice, what we actually play for our audiences. Solos, orchestral parts, audition excerpts, chamber music, what we wear, say, act, and present while performing in public.
Kevin 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, 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.