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John Owings consistently wins enthusiastic praise from audiences and critics for his exciting pianism and sensitive artistry. “Real spiritual elation” was how the London Daily Telegraph described his playing of the Elliott Carter Piano Sonata. The Cleveland Plain Dealer called his playing a “fine blend of technical brilliance with expressivity,” and the Houston Post, reviewing his performance of the Ravel G Major Concerto, said, “the audience was spellbound.”
Since making his orchestral debut with the San Antonio Symphony at the age of 15, Mr. Owings has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Cleveland, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Fort Worth, Houston, the Boston Pops, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestras of Colombia and Peru. He has performed recitals in major cities in the United States, Latin America, Europe and the Far East and has been a guest artist at numerous music festivals. Since 1998 he has performed six times at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall on the MidAmerica Chamber Music Series. His compact disc recordings for Koch International Classics have received outstanding reviews. In the spring of 2004 Sony France will release his recording of solo piano music by Robert Casadesus.
The recipient of many prestigious awards and prizes, Mr. Owings won first prize in the 1975 Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition in Cleveland, the 1968 London Liszt Society Competition and the Musical Arts Competition in Chicago in 1980. He has served on the juries for major international competitions including the Casadesus, the Gina Bachauer, and the Beethoven in Vienna.
Following his early musical training in his native Texas, John Owings studied at the Royal College of Music in London as a Fulbright Scholar. Later, his studies took him to Switzerland, Italy and The Juilliard School, where he received his Master’s Degree. His teachers have included Dalies Frantz, Rosina Lhevinne, Martin Canin, Karl Leifheit, Geza Anda and Wilhelm Kempff.
Since 1990 John Owings has been a member of the faculty of Texas Christian
University where he holds the Herndon Professorship of Music. In 1993,
the University conferred upon him its highest award – the Chancellor’s
Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity – for his
performances of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas. A CD with six of the sonatas
from these live performances is available.
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