Born and raised in Wellington, Owen began his formal guitar studies in 1997 at Massey University, graduating in 2003 with a Masters degree in performance music. In August 2003, Owen headed to the US where he studied towards a Graduate Certificate at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles). While there, he studied under James Smith, and with LA Guitar Quartet members Scott Tennant and Bill Kanengiser, with subsequent/additional tutelage from Brian Head, Martha Masters, and Pepe Romero.
Owen has also participated in masterclasses with the likes of: the Assad Duo, Jason Vieaux, and most recently with Grammy award winning guitarist David Russell.
Apart from his general public performances, Owen’s self-titled debut (double) CD was released in 2003 and in 2012 he released his second CD (Da Chara – violin/guitar) through ODE Records. In 2010 Owen completed his fifth tour on behalf of Chamber Music NZ, two tours as a soloist, two as a member of ‘Tango Virtuosi’, and lastly with the ‘Wellington Guitar Duo’. Having performed all around New Zealand, in recent years Owen has also given performances in Australia, USA, Portugal, Mexico, Thailand, Spain and the United Kingdom.
In addition to all of the above, Owen performs as part of the New Zealand Guitar Quartet.
Cumba-Quin (Carlos Rivera) - NZ Guitar Quartet
Furious Polka (Marek Pasieczny) - Duo Tapas