Owen Thomson

Guitarist Owen Thomson has received numerous awards, among them the G.E. Morris Music Prize and the Gwen Nisbet Memorial Award, and recently won the Adelaide Guitar Competition.

Recognized as one of Australia's top young classical guitarists, Owen Thomson was the winner of the 2000 Adelaide Guitar Competition, and has often been a finalist in major competitions. His musical backgorund is extremely varied, ranging fom heavy metal to Latin jazz and blues. He is also a composer and prolific arranger, most of his works are for the solo guitar and have been premiered by himself and other guitarists such as Ken Murray in Australia and Patrik Karlsson in Sweden.

In 2001 Owen toured Europe, perfoming in Italy, and in London with singer Narelle Gillie. He has also recently performed the Concert Andaluz and Fantasia para un Gentilhombre for guitar and orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Concerto in D major.

Most recently Owen has become one of an elite group of artists to perform the complete set of J.S. Bach Sonatas BWV 1001-1006 (arranged from the solo violin) from memory in two consecutive concerts, a rare feat of memory and concentration.

Owen has been the recipient of numerous awards, among them the Gwen Nisbet Memorial Award, the Murray Sharp Chamber Music Prize and the Lady Stephen Scholarship. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with an Honours Degre, and the received his Masters from the University of Melbourne. He is also a Fellow of Trinity College London.

Owen has appeared at the Apollo Bay Music Festival, the Frankston Guitar Festival and several times at the Darwin International Guitar Festival, where he has again been invited to perform in 2002.

As well as appearing as a soloist, Owen works often with other musicians in a variety of ensembles. These include Encuentro (tango duo) and the Bach Project, a highly innovative group of which he is also a Director.

Since 1999, Owen has been on the teaching staff at both the Victorian College of the Arts and the University of Melbourne. He is a passionate believer in the art of music-making and teaching, and the importance of its role in our society.

"outstanding musicianship ... a superb technique ... magnificent"
(Artswatch Tasmania)

Artist's website: www.owenthomson.com

Owen Thomson is featured on the following titles

Ráfaga

Performer: Guitar, Arranger

Award-winning Melbourne guitarist Owen Thomson presents an exciting selection of Spanish virtuoso guitar works from the 20th century. The album features works by Joaquin Turina, Federico Mompou and Joaquin Rodrigo.

Guitar Concerto

Performer: Guitar

The music on this CD looks forward to the twenty-first century and the possibility of a new aesthetic for classical music. It intentionally crosses the boundaries between classical and popular music.