Music Director & Organist
Richard Owen has a busy career as a conductor, collaborative pianist and organist. Of his conducting debut in Austria, The Wiener Zeitung (Vienna News) proclaimed: “MaestroOwen must be a genius… how flowing and musical this young American was able to realize the music from the podium.” Following this, Kurt Masur invited Owen to guest conduct a reading with the New York Philharmonic and he became a cover conductor there. Mr.Owen is currently, director of music and organist at the historic St. Jean Baptiste Church in NYC. He is also Music Director and conductor of Camerata New York Orchestra and principal conductor of the award-winning Adelphi Orchestra and has collaborated with artists such as Alec Baldwin, Alvin Ailey and Aprile Millo in concerts in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, among others.
Prior to joining St. Jean’s, Owen was music director and organist at Sts. John and Paul R.C. Church (Larchmont), Sts. Peter and Paul (Mt. Vernon) and the Drew Methodist Church (Carmel).
Maestro Owen recently made several conducting debuts, including with the Little Opera Theater of New York (Gluck’s The Reformed Drunkard), with Rioult Dance (M. Torke’s Iphigenia – World Premiere), the Center for Contemporary Opera (Night of the Living Dead) and was invited to conduct along side Mo. Kent Nagano with the Montreal Symphony in a performance of Carmina Burana to an audience of over 40,000.
This season, Owen has a busy schedule which includes Nutcracker with the Donetsk Ballet, Die Walküre with the Adelphi orchestra and Christ on the Mount of Olives with Camerata New York in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
From 2005-7, Maestro Owen was a conductor at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein where his repertoire included operas of Wagner, Mozart, Berlioz, Puccini and Verdi. Mr. Owen was also a visiting conducting associate at the San Francisco Opera. Mr. Owen has conducted in Germany with the Duisburg Symphony and the Duesseldorf Symphony, the Staatskapelle Symphony Weimar, Ost/West Symphonie and Kammer Orchester; in Vienna with the Europa Symphony, Camerata Internazionale and Pro-Arte Orchestra; in Mexico with the Monterrey Symphony; in Poland with the Rzeszow Philharmonic, the Silesian Philharmonic and the Baltic Opera. In the United States, he has conducted, among others, the New York Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Bleecker Street Opera (artistic director), Delaware Valley Opera and was a conducting associate at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Recent guest-conducting engagements include the Belgrade National Philharmonic, the Hamptons Music Festival and the Altoona Symphony where Mr. Owen was a candidate for music director.
Mr. Owen has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Opera News, Newsday, the Huffington Post and on New York classical radio stations WQXR and WMNR, SiriusXM, as well as on Polish, Serbian and Mexican Radio and Television.
Mr. Owen was a semifinalist in the 7th Fitelberg International Competition for Young Conductors. He also recently completed a recording for Albany Records of the opera “Rain” by R. Owen Sr., which had its fully staged world premiere in Lincoln Center under his direction.
Owen was born in New York City into a musical family. He began studying piano and voice at age five and sang as a boy soloist at the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Owengraduated from Dartmouth College, where he was a recipient of a piano scholarship. He studied piano, accompanying and conducting at the Manhattan School of Music and at the University for Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Owen speaks Italian, Polish, German and French. As a coach and accompanist, Owen has worked for over twenty years with numerous vocal and instrumental soloists on several continents. Mr. Owenregularly gives duet recitals with his wife, a professional cellist, and has three sons.