4 October 1993|
|Genres||Classical, Celtic, Folk, World music|
Siobhan Owen (born 4 October 1993) is a soprano and harpist from Adelaide, Australia. Owen regularly performs at Festivals, concerts and recitals around Australia and further abroad. She favours classical and Celtic/folk songs, but also sings jazz on occasion.
Owen was born on 4 October 1993 in North Wales and lived in the small Anglesey village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch before moving to Australia with her family in November 1995. At a young age, Owen was encouraged to join the Adelaide Girls Choir (now Young Adelaide Voices) and the St Aloysius College) school choir, where she became a regular soloist. Owen began her classical voice training at age nine, with singing teachers Naomi Hede and Norma Knight. She entered her first Eisteddfod around this time winning an Honourable Mention in the nine to thirteen age group. It wasn't long before Owen started winning Eisteddfods, most notably the Classical Voice sections.
Owen's first solo performance on stage came just after her 10th birthday, in 2003, when she sang in a Riverdance Style show called "Shades of Green", organised by the Adelaide Irish Dancing Association, which toured South Australian theatres. When she was 12, Owen gave her first major solo performance, singing a traditional Irish song at the Adelaide Festival Theatre to an audience of 2,500. The same year, Owen received a Music Scholarship from St Aloysius College and a Choral Scholarship from St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral Choir, where she remained a soloist and chorister for over three years. In August 2007, aged 13, Owen gave her first solo concert for Recitals Australia. She continues to perform for Recitals Australia every year.
In 2008, Owen received media attention when asked to sing at the Adelaide Fringe Festival with French singer/harpist Cécile Corbel after they met on Myspace. Owen was so inspired by Corbel's harp playing that she decided to start playing harp. She had harp lessons from renowned Adelaide singer/harpist Emma Horwood, and was soon accompanying herself with harp in Celtic and Folk Festivals, concerts and recitals. Owen commissioned South Australian harp maker and luthier Tim Guster to build her a 36-string Celtic harp with special carving. This harp has travelled with Owen all over Australia.
Owen has performed at festivals around Australia and internationally, including the following:
2010 - Owen was one of ten finalists in the Australian National Young Folk Awards. Performances in 2010 included singing the National Anthem for the Tour Down Under, performing at the Australia Day Awards in the grounds of Government House, Adelaide, presenting her own show Celestial Echoes at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and singing at Adelaide's Carols by Candlelight. On 7 May 2010, Owen was interviewed by BBC Wales for a feature on their website.
2012 - March, Owen was soprano soloist in Ennio Morricone's debut Australian concert in Elder Park for the Adelaide Festival of Arts. 23 June, Owen sang the Welsh National Anthem (Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau) at the Australia vs Wales Rugby Test Match at Allianz Stadium, Sydney. Also in June, Owen released her fourth studio album Storybook Journey. The album was named BBC Radio Wales "Album of the Week" in September, and in December was awarded 2012 Classical Crossover UK "Album of the Year".
2013 - Owen made her UK debut in January, performing concerts in Wales, London and Devon. In March, Owen made her US debut, headlining the Los Angeles St. David's Day Festival. She presented her own Adelaide Fringe Festival shows "Storybook Journey" at Ayers House, Adelaide.
2014 - March, Owen was the voice of Yseult in Alan Simon's new Celtic/rock opera Tristan & Yseult. The premiere show was at Zenith Nantes, France. Simon chose Owen for the part after finding her on YouTube.
2015 - February, Owen was guest lead singer in the Russian premiere of Alan Simon's Tristan & Yseult. She appeared in the first 4 performances at Novosibirsk Theatre of Comeday & Music, Novosibirsk, Siberia.
2017 - February, French Magazine Le Figaro Culture ranked Owen as one of the top ambassadors of the six Celtic Nations.
Purely Celtic (released May 2008)
Celestial Echoes (released September 2009)
Lilium (released December 2010)
Storybook Journey (released June 2012)
Entwined (released April 2016)
Siobhan Owen has also been involved with several book projects and gallery exhibitions showing her artwork. Books include Welsh titles The Children's Voice: A Definitive Collection of Welsh Nursery Rhymes, The Age of Saints, and Welsh in the Old West, to name a few.