Albert is one
of Britain's most original and visionary composers. He has, for over twenty
years been at the leading edge of contemporary music, and his many albums
and CDs have gained worldwide commercial and critical success. Fiercely
independent, he has established an international reputation while remaining
outside the conventional subsidised world inhabited by most other serious
composers. Most recently his music has topped the mp3.com Classical Minimalist
Charts. Born in Wales and of Welsh and Latvian parentage, Albert was brought
up in Zimbabwe. His father was a leading figure in African Education,
and from an early age Albert was exposed to and inspired by African Music.
As he grew up
Classical Music lessons co-existed with playing in Township Bands. Apparently
irreconcilable elements were a natural part of his musical life and have
shaped his deeply personal approach to musical composition.
Albert Owen is a musical idealist, and his career has be en consistently
guided by these ideals. He was a professor of piano at The Junior School
of The Royal Academy of Music London for fifteen years; taught piano to
degree students at Kings' College,( London), Goldsmiths College and Kingston
University. His greatest joy, however, was teaching at The Working Mens'
College (London) for twelve years. He became The Dean of Studies, the
first musician to achieve this distinction in The College's long history.
Since 1994 he has taught theory to local children and adults, at The Aberystwyth
Arts Centre, University of Wales.
His students have gone on to achieve national and international success
in many different musical disciplines and genres, due in no small measure
to his inspiration and influence. Most recently (in 1998,1999 and 2000)
students of his have been winners in The National Urdd Eisteddfod in Wales,
Europe's largest youth festival.
Many of the trends and styles which are so popular and fashionable today,
were foreshadowed by him many years ago! New Age, World
Music, New Romanticism, and Electro-Acoustic
are just some of the labels that could have been attached to his music,
if they had been in vogue when he was doing all these things in the early
The Royal Academy
of Music's Board Of Governors has elected Alan as an Associate of the
Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), an honour confered on those who have achieved
distinction in the music profession.