Elenid Owen (ffidil/violin)
Welsh violinist Elenid Owen has, for the past twenty-four years, been a member of the Paris based Ludwig String Quartet, giving over 1500 concerts and master classes worldwide and recording 20 CD’s for “Naxos”, “Naïve” and “Universal” labels.
In 2012 she was made “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres” by the French Ministry for Culture for her contribution to music in France.
Studying as a child with Simon Weinmann in Cardiff and later with Suzanne Rozsa in London she won many youth competitions and was awarded the Grace Williams Memorial Prize in 1984. That same year she won the TSB Welsh Young Musician of the Year and performed as soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Noticed by Igor Ozim during master classes he invited her to pursue studies with him at the “Hochschule für Music und Tanz” in Cologne, Germany. She graduated with a First class distinction in 1989. She received a scholarship to attend the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, and widened her musical knowledge and experience performing with artists such as Frans Helmerson, Thomas Brandis, Gyorgy Sebok and Rivka Golani and as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
She was invited to join the Ludwig String Quartet in 1990.
Following studies with some of the leading quartets of our time (Amadeus, Berg, Tokyo, Kolish, LaSalle) and conductor, Sergiu Celibidache, the quartet established itself as one of the Finest quartets of its generation, recognized for its rich homogenous sound.
Nominated “Quartet in Residence” at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse” in Paris (the first nomination of its kind in France) it coached chamber music over a period of three years.
With a wide and eclectic recorded repertoire it received several Grand Prix du Disque, including the prestigious Cannes MIDEM Prize.
The Quartet animated workshops internationally and created many collaborative performances working with dancers, actors, artists and authors, recognizing the importance of nurturing and widening the classical music audiences of today. Eager to promote contemporary music, it participated in the creation and recording of several works composed specifically for and dedicated to the Ludwig by Thierry Escaich, Michaël Levinas, Philippe Hersant, Alain Louvier, to name but a few.
The Ludwig Quartet broadcast regularly on French television and radio.
Having obtained the prestigious C.A. (CertiPicat d’Aptitude) in France, Elenid was invited to teach violin performance classes and chamber music at the Reims, Strasbourg and Lille Conservatoires. She continued in parallel her solo and recital career, performing at the Wigmore Hall, St David’s Hall and at festivals throughout Britain and France. She was the subject of a documentary made by “Green Bay” for S4C in 2007.
During her time in Paris, Elenid was President of the Welsh Society between 1999 and 2002 and promoted several Welsh-themed musical events in the city. Elenid has returned to Wales with her family in order to give her children the same Welsh upbringing.