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South City News: Musician Rebecca blows them away; HARBORNE: Young clarinettist wins top international competition.

Byline: By Tony Collins

A MUSIC graduate from Harborne has "blown away" the opposition to win first prize in a prestigious competition.

Clarinettist Rebecca Owen, who graduated from UCE Birmingham Conservatoire last year with a first class honours Batchelor of Music degree, emerged victorious in the wind section at the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists contest.

Rebecca, aged 26, who collected pounds 2,000, said: "I am delighted to have won the wind section, which is a great honour and achievement.

"I have particularly enjoyed working and making wonderful music with my accompanist Tunde Marosfalvi, who I met at Birmingham Conservatoire.

"I would like to thank her and all my teachers and supporters, both past and present for their encouragement and support."

Originally from Croydon, Rebecca moved to Birmingham at age 14 where she later attended Birmingham Conservatoire, studying with Prof Michael Harris, Timothy Lines and Colin Parr.

While a student, she participated in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra training scheme, leading to her Symphony Hall debut during the 2006-7 concert season.

As a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, she has performed in a number of major UK venues.

On October 4, she will give her debut recital with Tunde Marosfalvi at Symphony Hall.

She will also be touring Europe in August and September with the Stuttgart Festival Orchestra, performing at the Salzburg, Lucerne, Rheingau and European Music Festivals. Rebecca is currently studying as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music in London.


MUSIC MAESTRO...clarinettist Rebecca Owen has won the prestigious Tunbridge Wells prize.
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Date:Aug 21, 2006
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