In recent years, with my focus on composing and writing, including preparing my opera, "City of Saint Francis," I have restricted my performing to supporting causes here in the Bay Area that concern me deeply, including the Rachel Corrie Foundation, the Middle East Children's Alliance, San Quentin Prison, and various events sponsored by KPFA, as well as appearances on KPFA Radio.    I have shown my paintings only in my studio.

The future will include performances of the six Bach Suites, and chamber music with pianist Jeanne Stark and others, to be arranged.


2007 Highlights

Saturday, June 9th, 2007, 7:30 pm at the Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut Street at Live Oak Park.

2005 Highlights

Performed and gave master classes at the Edward Said Conservatory of Music, Palestine

Performed the work "Desert Poems" with Narrator Jeffry Anderson at the Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

Performed at International Symposium of violoncellists in Israel, Dec 2005. One of five 'cellists worldwide to perform in this distinguished International Symposium.

2004 Highlights

Benefit for the Middle East Children's Alliance, Berkeley CA.
for Medical Aid for Palestinian Children

Concert collaborations with Hungarian artist Niké Nagy at the Sun Gallery, Hayward CA.

Performance and Interview on KPFA preparatory to my trip to Palestine.

Benefit concert for the Middle East Children's Alliance, Berkeley CA.

Benefit for Middle East Children's Alliance, International solidarity Movement, and the Rachel Correy Foundation for Peace and Justice, Berkeley CA.

Performed and gave Master classes at the Palestine National Conservatory. Performed in refugee camps and traveled throughout Palestine.

To read more about my Palestine / Israel Project please click here.

2003 Highlights

Festival d' Eté, Correns France (a ten day festival of musicians from Europe and the Middle East.)

Concerts in Israel, including collaborations with artists Liesbeth Afek, and Anat Amber.

'Attitudes' opens at the Hong Kong Film Festival, and has its U.S.A. premieres in New York, and at the Mill Valley Film Festival. The FIlm features a score completely for solo cello, including four pieces composed by Daniel Feinsmith, and nine pieces by Matthew Owens.

2002 Highlights

Performed in Hungary and Slovakia, including The Petite Palais, in Bratislova, and the Esterhazy Palace in Balontonfured. Also, samarin and Komarno.


© Matthew Owens, 2004-2011