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 also received honourable mention in the IOCSF Choral Composition Competition 2016 and was a finalist in the Hendrix College Candlelight Carol Competition 2016. Listed on the CoMA Library, his music has been performed across the UK, Romania, and Hong Kong by various musicians such as Anne Denholm, Brian Parsons, David Pollard, and Juan Antonio Xas. With the support of Friends of MusicFest Bursary, he participated in the MusicFest Aberystwyth 2019 where he collaborated with Mad Song (led by Joshua Ballance) and Blackweir Brass under the mentorship from Arlene Sierra. His other recent mentors include Mark-Anthony Turnage, Philip Grange, William Mival, Jonathan Cole, Haris Kittos, and Jane Chapman; whereas other collaborators include Graham Ross, Avi Taler, Consort 21, and the Symphony Orchestra of the Royal College of Music.
Besides composing, Owen directs the Goodensemble Orchestra, a semi-professional orchestra in central London. Major highlights include two concerts with the Bloomsbury Festival, alongside performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Beethoven’s Symphony No.1, Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony, Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite, Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, Elgar’s and Dvorak’s serenades, etc. He is also the Founding Artistic Director of Ensemble Matters, a group specialising in the 20th-century repertoire and beyond. He has participated in conducting classes led by Mark Heron at the University of Manchester and Toby Purser in MusicFest Aberystwyth, and was a student of the award-winning conductor, Prof. Lü Xiaoyi, at the University of Hong Kong. Highly active as a conductor, he also hosted the London Conductors’ Salon where musician-conductors gathered to discuss scores and practised conducting. Previously, he was an Assistant Conductor of the Hong Kong Southern District Orchestra as well as a guest conductor on various other occasions.
Owen is currently completing a Master of Music degree at the Royal College of Music as a Hong Kong Scholar. 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 Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme, 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.