Martin Owen discusses the challenges and pressures faced by being a principal horn player in a major orchestra, possibly one of the most demanding and exposed orchestral roles to have and how to get back on track when things go wrong.

He talks about the differences between being a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player – interesting which one he thinks is the most stressful. He talks openly about the use of alcohol and Betablockers amongst musicians as ways of coping with performance nerves with all the advantages and disadvantages that come along with them. And he shows his total respect and admiration for British orchestras who continue to give top quality performances even their working conditions aren’t what they might be!

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Martin Owen is widely regarded as one of Europe’s leading horn players, appearing as soloist and chamber musician at some of the leading music festivals around the world. Martin currently holds the position of Principal Horn at the BBC Symphony Orchestra, having served as Principal Horn of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for ten years, and during the 2012/13 season, Martin was Principal Horn of the Berliner Philharmoniker on a temporary contract.

Recent highlights include performances of concertos by Mozart, Richard Strauss, Schumann, Messiaen, Britten, Elliott Carter and Oliver Knussen, with orchestras including the BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Orquesta Nacional de España, The Hallé, New World Symphony and Aalborg Symfoniorkester. Martin Owen is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, where he is Professor of Horn.

MARTIN OWEN IS REPRESENTED BY WORLDWIDE ARTISTS