Ceri Owen


Ceri Owen is a Welsh pianist, academic, and writer. She is currently working on a biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams. As a pianist she specializes in song accompaniment and has performed widely in the UK and further afield, giving recitals at the Barbican Hall, Kings Place, LSO St Luke’s, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, London; the Holywell Music Room, Oxford; the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham; the Internationale Hugo-Wolf-Akademie, Stuttgart; and as part of the BBC Proms Plus Festival. She gave an evening recital debut at London’s Wigmore Hall with baritone Dominic Sedgwick in 2019. She was awarded the Pianist’s Prizes at the Grange Festival International Singing Competition and the John Kerr Award for English Song. She has performed in live and recorded broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.

As an academic Ceri has published articles in leading journals, and alongside work on a biography is editing a book of essays on Vaughan Williams for Cambridge University Press. She has contributed to numerous BBC Radio 3 programmes, including the 2022 Composer of the Week series devoted to Vaughan Williams.

Ceri read Music at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and holds a DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford, where she was appointed a Lecturer in Music at Magdalen College. As a pianist she trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Following the award of a three-year research fellowship at the University of Cambridge, she took up her current position as Lecturer and Director of Performance at the University of Birmingham.

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