Abigail Hammett (Violin) and Iwan Owen (Piano) formed a duo at the Royal Northern College of Music, and have enjoyed collaboration for over two years. They enjoy performing a variety of repertoire; from the Brahms violin sonatas, to their own arrangements of folk songs. They have received coaching from eminent chamber musicians such Susan Tomes, Donald Grant, Jeremy Young, Benedict Holland and Benjamin Frith, and both are excited to have been recently accepted on to the Live Music Now Scheme.
Abigail is from South Wales and has recently completed her Master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. During her time at the RNCM she studied with Levon Chilingirian and Benedict Holland and was awarded the Leverhulme String Scholarship. As a keen chamber musician Abigail is a founding member of the Gaskell Quartet. In 2016 they won the RNCM Hirsch Prize and Schubert Prize, performed live on Radio 3 and this year performed works by Mark-Anthony Turnage in Wigmore Hall. Abi plays on an instrument made in 1715 by Emilianus and is very grateful to the Tompkins Tate Musical Trust for loaning her this instrument.
Born in 1995, Iwan Owen hails from Anglesey, North Wales, and started learning the piano at the age of 7. He studied with Iwan Llewelyn Jones for nine years until gaining a place at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he is now in the second year of his Master’s degree, and studies as an ABRSM scholar under Benjamin Frith.
Iwan recently won the RNCM Piano Recital Prize and was also awarded the Shirley Cattarall Award in 2014. He was also a finalist in Keyboard category at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition in 2016 and, in 2014, he won first prize at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and the National Eisteddfod of Wales. He was also awarded Gregynog Young Pianist of the Year in 2013.
Iwan has participated in masterclasses given by renowned pianists including Pascal Rogé, Phillippe Cassard, Vovka Ashkenazy, Federico Colli, David Owen Norris, John Perry, Peter Frankl, Paul Badura-Skoda, Nelson Goerner and Kathryn Stott.
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