Owen Dalby


Praised as "dazzling" (New York Times) and "a fearless and inquisitive violinist" (San Francisco Classical Voice), Owen Dalby is hailed for his gripping interpretations of music from across the stylistic spectrum. He is a co-founding Artistic Director of The Declassified, a pioneering chamber music society ofNew York's finest young instrumentalists, educators, and entrepreneurs.

His recent solo performances include Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra at Lincoln Center, and the world premiere of Look Around You, a concerto by Timothy Andres for solo violin (doubling viola), with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Owen is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke's and holds the principal second violin chair in the Princeton Symphony, and appears frequently with leading groups in and aroundNew York Citysuch as Le Train Bleu, Argento Chamber Ensemble, and the Metropolis Ensemble.

Owen brings a special zeal to music written before 1800, and can be heard on baroque violin with Four Nations Ensemble, Clarion Music Society, and Trinity Wall Street’s Baroque Orchestra and Choir. From 2007-2010 he was a fellow of The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School that seeks to link a performer's life with advanced training in education, community engagement and arts advocacy. He has taught music to students of the Choir Academy of Harlem, PS 14Q in Queens, and PS 112 in Brooklyn.

Owen is regularly invited to perform chamber music at festivals from Hamburgto Honolulu. His collaborators have included Daniel Hope, Dawn Upshaw, the Persian kemancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, and Simon Rattle. 

He received early training at the Crowden Schoolin Berkeley, California and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University.