David is an experienced composer, pianist, organist, conductor and accompanist. He has worked as a collaborative artist with hundreds of singers and instrumentalists, as well as appearing as a piano and organ soloist, in chamber music, and as a conductor. He received his BA from the
Eastman School of Music and did his graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music. David is also a widely-read music journalist, having received the Deems Taylor Award for Distinguished Music Criticism from the American performing rights society, ASCAP. He has published and networked widely on the subject of contemporary music, including radio work, lectures and panels.
David’s compositions have been played and sung by a number of chamber ensembles, orchestras, choruses and soloists. Included among his works are two substantial pieces for the viola – a Concerto and the Fantasy on a Celtic Carol (for viola and piano) – as well as The Shores of Peace (chorus and chamber orchestra); Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano; Double Concerto for Tuba, Euphonium and Orchestra, and an opera in three acts, Jonah. Performers of his music in the New England area have included the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, the M.I.T. Wind Ensemble, the Cambridge Madrigal Singers, the Arlington/Belmont Chorale, the U.S. Coast Guard Band (New London, CT), the Longy Sinfonietta, as well as a number of individual players and singers. Albany Records recently released a commercial CD recording of several of Mr Owens’ works (including the Fantasy on a Celtic Carol) – TROY 1506.