OWEN DALBY

violinist, educator and advocate


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The player who left a deep impression was extroverted violinist Dalby, who played brilliantly and chops-wise, seemed to have all but left the other players in the dust.
— Boston Musical Intelligencer

Praised as "dazzling" (The New York Times), "expert and versatile" (The New Yorker), and "a fearless and inquisitive violinist" (San Francisco Classical Voice), Owen Dalby is hailed for his gripping interpretations of music from across the stylistic spectrum. A specialist in both new and early music, and both violin and viola, Owen brings daring and sophisticated artistry to audiences worldwide. As the newest member of the St Lawrence String Quartet, Owen will live and work as artist-in-residence at Stanford University starting in the summer of 2015. He is also a co-founder of Decoda, New York City's trailblazing society of virtuoso chamber musicians, arts advocates, and educators.

Owen made his Lincoln Center debut in 2010 with Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, and that same year gave the world premiere of Look Around You, a one-man double concerto by Timo Andres for solo violin and viola, with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He is the concertmaster of Novus NY, the contemporary music group of Trinity Wall Street, is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and frequent concertmaster for the Westminster Choir College ensembles. Owen appears frequently with leading groups in and around New York City such as Ensemble ACJW, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Metropolis Ensemble, the Locrian Chamber Players, and the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble

Owen loves early music and can be heard as soloist and leader on baroque violin with New York Baroque Inc.Four Nations Ensemble, Clarion Music Society, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and Choir. In 2010 he completed a three-year tenure in The Academy, a fellowship of Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School that seeks to link a performer's life with advanced training in education and community engagement. He has taught music to students of the Choir Academy of Harlem, PS 14Q in Queens, and PS 112 in Brooklyn, and in masterclasses in Mexico, Iceland, at Princeton University, Skidmore College, and the University of South Carolina.

Owen is regularly invited to perform chamber music at festivals from Hamburg to Honolulu, and from Iceland to Mumbai. His chamber music partners have included Daniel Hope, Dawn Upshaw, the Persian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, and Simon Rattle. 

He received early training with Anne Crowden at the Crowden School in Berkeley, California and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, where he studied with Syoko Aki.