Elenid Owen

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 masterclasses worldwide and recording twenty 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 with Simon Weinmann in Cardiff and later with Suzanne Rozsa in London, Elenid was then invited by Igor Ozim to pursue her studies with him at the Cologne Conservatoire in Germany, where she graduated with a first class distinction in 1989.

She went on to widen her musical knowledge and experience at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, where she performed with artists such as Frans Helmerson, Thomas Brandis, Gyorgy Sebok and Rivka Golani, and as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1990, Elenid was invited to join the Ludwig String Quartet which, following studies with the leading quartets of the day (Amadeus, Berg, Tokyo, Kolish, LaSalle) and with conductor, Sergiu Celibidache, established itself as one of the finest of its generation, recognised for its rich homogenous sound. 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 participated in the creation and recording of several works dedicated to it by Thierry Escaich, Michaël Levinas, Philippe Hersant, Alain Louvier and others..

Nominated 'Quartet in Residence' at the Paris Conservatoire (the first nomination of its kind in France), the group coached chamber music there over a period of three years.

Having obtained the prestigious C.A. (Certificat d’Aptitude) in France, Elenid was also 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.

Elenid was President of the Welsh Society in Paris between 1999 and 2002, promoting a number of Welsh-themed musical events in the city. In 2007, she was the subject of a documentary for S4C. She now lives with her family in Wales.