August 28, 2020

Martin Owen and Margherita Santi

Martin Owen, Principal Horn of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, returns to Castiglioncello after opening the 2018 season. He will present a rich concert, with music by Beethoven, Brahms and French composers, accompanied by Margherita Santi at the piano.

Martin Owen (French horn)
Martin Owen is regarded as one of Europe’s leading horn players, appearing as a soloist and chamber musician all around the world. Martin currently holds the position of Principal Horn at the BBC Symphony Orchestra, having served as Principal Horn of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for ten years and as Principal Horn of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He is also Principal Horn of the California-based chamber music ensemble Camerata Pacifica and the UK’s Britten Sinfonia and Haffner Ensemble. His past performances include concertos by Mozart, Richard Strauss, Schumann, Messiaen, Britten, Elliott Carter, Oliver Knussen and Thea Musgrave with orchestras including the BBCSO, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Orquesta Nacional de España, The Hallé, New World Symphony, Bucharest Philharmonic, Ensemble Modern, Aalborg Symfoniorkester, Baltic Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Barcelona Opera Orchestra and Staatsphilharmonie Nurnberg, and recitals with Camerata Pacifica. Recent solo performances include Vivaldi’s Concerto for two horns and strings, Stravinsky’s Four Russian Peasant Songs, Schumann’s Konzertstück and Musgrave’s Horn Concerto with the BBCSO, Strauss and Mozart concertos with Bucharest Philharmonic and Strauss Concerto No. 2 with the Baltic Philharmonic. His recent seasons included chamber and solo engagements in the UK, Italy, France, Poland, Austria, Finland, Romania, China, Australia and the USA, and he has been guest principal horn with the Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Owen has performed on over 300 movie soundtracks, including James Bond, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Gladiator and Pirates of the Caribbean. Martin Owen is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, where he is Professor of Horn, and visiting teacher at institutions such as the Hanns Eisler Berlin, Maurice André Academy Valencia, Conservatorio de Santiago de Compostela, USC and UCLA in Los Angeles.

Margherita Santi (piano)
Margherita Santi has performed both as a soloist and chamber musician in Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Germany, Austria and Bulgaria, taking part in festivals and music seasons in renowned venues such as Zürcher Kammerorchester Hall in Zürich, Rachmaninoff Hall and Mali Zaal in Moscow, Yusupov Palace in St. Petersburg, Palazzo Pitti in Florence and Teatro La Fenice in Venice. She performed as soloist with the Pazarzik Symphony Orchestra, the Louis Spohr Sinfonietta, the Orchestra Senzaspine and the Nordharz Philarmonisches Orchester. She is also a member of the Trio Sollertinsky. Santi has recently been described as “A young Italian of musical excellence” by the TV channel Rai Parlamento. She started studying piano at age 5 and went on to graduate with honors from the Verona Conservatoire. She was awarded the “Premio Accademia Filarmonica di Verona” and furthered her studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. In 2018 she obtained a Master’s Degree with honors in Piano Performance from the Venice Conservatoire. She is artistic director of the concert season Herbst Musicaux in Verona.

About This Event:

Date:   August 28, 2020

Time:   7:00 p.m.

Price:   Free

Location:   Sant'Andrea Church