Martin Owen (born 22 September 1973) is a British horn player. After studying at the Royal Academy of Music, he became Principal horn of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra between 1998 and 2008. Since 2008 Owen has retained the position of Principal horn with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Martin Owen regularly plays guest principal horn with the major London Orchestras, and many further afield, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He also has a varied solo career outside the orchestra and appears as soloist and chamber musician in some of the leading music festivals around the world. Owen is a regular performer at the Wigmore Hall, making his debut in 1997 with Benjamin Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings alongside Philip Langridge and Guildhall Strings. Since then he has returned performing the same work with Toby Spence and the Scottish Ensemble. This last collaboration led to a recording for Linn records leading to Paul Driver of the Sunday Times citing "Owen's playing is a luxury for the ear". Other recent recordings include Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4 with the Royal Philharmonic (RPO Classics label), Schubert Octet (Wigmore Hall Live label), with Michael Collins, Roderick Elms 'Four Seasonal Nocturnes (Dutton label, with RPO), and Danzi[disambiguation needed] Sinfonia Concertante with the Orquestra de Cadaques.
In October 2006, Owen gave the world premiere of Malcolm Arnold's Burlesque for horn and orchestra, with the RPO. The work, a recently recovered fragment, is thought to be part of an unrealized first horn concerto.
Recent performances include Schumann's Konzertstuck with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2007 BBC Proms, Britten's Serenade at the 2008 Bad Kissingen festival with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the London premiere of the Elliott Carter Horn Concerto at the Barbican Centre, for the composer's 100th birthday, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Oliver Knussen.
Martin Owen is represented by Worldwide Artists Management.
9-14 March 2011 Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden, Norway: Recital and Chamber Concerts
19 March 2011 Trinity Church, Harrow: Britten Serenade, Trinity Orchestra/Murray
30 March-6 April 2011 Kharkov, Ukraine: Recital and Masterclasses
15 April 2011 Hitchin: Britten Serenade, BBC Symphony Orchestra/Hussain
September 2011 Kharkov, Ukraine: Chamber concerts and Masterclass