Owen Dodds is a pianist and composer from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He currently lives in New York City where he performs regularly as a classical soloist, chamber musician, songwriter, and performer/composer of electro-acoustic music. Owen was recently featured as a soloist at Carnegie Hall in May of 2022, at Czech Center New York in 2020, and at The New School’s Tech Forward concert series in 2021.
Owen has won prizes in competitions including MTNA Southern Division, UNCSA Concerto Competition, the Baltimore International Piano Festival Competition. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra and the National Honoured Academic Orchestra of Ukraine.
Owen began his official music studies in the high school program at UNC School of the Arts, first receiving instruction from Clifton Matthews and later continued with Dr. Dmitri Shteinberg for his bachelor's degree. In 2020, Owen received his master of music degree from Boston University, where he studied piano performance with Gila Goldstein and composition with Ketty Nez. From 2020-2022, Owen studied at Mannes School of Music under the guidance of Vladimir Valjarević. Owen is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University in the studio of Gilbert Kalish.
In addition to his work as a classical musician, Owen is also a founding member of the modern folk duo, Early Gray. Early Gray has performed in venues such as Rockwood Music Hall and Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio Theater. They have collaborated with artists including Gabriel Kahane and Tanner Porter, and were featured on PBS North Carolina in 2021.