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Rhys Owens was born near Caerphilly, South Wales, in 1967. He began playing the cornet in the local brass band at the age of eight. At seventeen he was Principal Cornet of the National Brass Band of Wales and Principal Trumpet of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. In 1984 he entered Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, moving on to the Royal College of Music, London, in 1986, where he studied with David Mason. During his time at the Royal College of Music he was a brass finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and also finalist in the Shell LSO Concerto Competition. He graduated with honours in performance. Before joining the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra he played with many British orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, as well as working in Europe. He joined the Liverpool Philharmonic in August 1991 as Fourth Trumpet, and was promoted to Section Principal in 1998. In addition to his busy orchestral activities, he teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

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