Bio

OWEN HO is a composer and conductor. Praised as “highly imaginative and interesting”, he is the first-prize winner of the AESS Song Writing Competition for Composers 2019 and a winner of the Arcubus Ensemble Call for Scores 2020. Previously, he received honourable mention in the IOCSF Choral Composition Competition 2016 and was a finalist in the Hendrix College Candlelight Carol Competition 2016. Published by the Goodmusic Publishing Ltd. and listed on the CoMA Library, his music has been performed across the UK, Romania, and Hong Kong. With the support of MusicFest Bursary, he also participated in MusicFest Aberystwyth 2019. His current musical interest lies in the manifestations of romanticism in contemporary music.

Equally active as a conductor, Owen directs the Goodensemble Orchestra, a cross-conservatoire orchestra in central London with whom he presents 4 concerts per season. Major highlights include two annual concerts with the Bloomsbury Festival, performing  orchestral works such as Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde amongst others. He is also the Founding Artistic Director of Ensemble Matters, a group specialising in the 20th-century repertoire and beyond. He also hosted the London Conductors’ Salon 2019 where musician-conductors gathered to discuss scores and conducting issues. Previously, he was an Assistant Conductor of the Hong Kong Southern District Orchestra as well as a guest conductor on various other occasions. ​

Recently, Owen has been awarded a place for a Doctor of Music degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Julian Anderson. Previously, he graduated with a Master of Music degree from the Royal College of Music under the generous support of the Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme. His principal teachers are Kenneth Hesketh (composition), Howard Williams (conducting), Michael Oliva (electroacoustic music), and Michael Ladouceur (film music). He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Music with First Class Honours from the University of Hong Kong and is a recipient of numerous prizes and scholarships in recognition of his academic excellence, including the Foundation Scholarship for Outstanding Students, HKU Faculty of Arts Dean’s Honours List, Hong Kong Children’s Choir Scholarship, Bernard Van Zuiden Prize, Rayson Huang Scholarship in Music, Jao Yu Tsong Memorial Prize in Music, Run Run Shaw Scholarship, and Prof. Robert Lord Memorial Prize in Music.

Oct 2019

Winner of the Arcubus Ensemble Call for Scores 2020 | On the Sea – For 6-part A Cappella Choir

Oct 2019

First-prize in The Association of English Singers & Speakers (AESS) Song Writing Competition for Composers 2019 | Still Glides the Stream – For High Voice and Piano

Nov 2018

Listed on CoMA Library | On the Sea – For 6-part A Cappella Choir

Feb 2017

Selected for Vox Novus’s Composer's Voice Concert Series | Study – For Solo Viola

Jan 2017

Honourable Mention in International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (IOCSF) - Choral Composition Competition | On the Sea – For 6-part A Cappella Choir

Sep 2016

Finalist in Hendrix College (USA) Candlelight Carol Competition | Christmas Bells – For SATB Choir & Organ

MUSICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Founding Artistic Director of Ensemble Matters

Music Director of Goodensemble Orchestra

First-prize winner of The Association of English Singers & Speakers (AESS) Song Writing Competition for Composers 2019

Winner of Arcubus Ensemble Call for Scores 2020


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