John Owings is Chair of the Piano Division at Texas Christian University, where he holds the Herndon Professorship of Music. A native of San Antonio, Mr. Owings received his formal training at the University of Texas, the Royal College of Music in London, and The Juilliard School, where his teachers were Rosina Lhevinne and Martin Canin.
Gold Medalist of the first Casadesus (now the Cleveland) International Piano Competition, Mr. Owings also won the Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition in Lisbon, the London Liszt Society Competition and the Musical Arts Competition in Chicago. He has performed in recitals and with orchestras in major cities throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and has recorded a wide range of music for piano.
Mr. Owings’ love for chamber music has resulted in his collaboration with many distinguished musicians. Together with his colleagues – violist Misha Galaganov and clarinetist Gary Whitman – he performs in the ensemble Trio Con Brio, which has commissioned and premiered new works by over a dozen living composers.
A dedicated teacher, Mr. Owings has given master classes at conservatories and universities in the United States, England, China, Korea and Japan. His students have won national and international competitions and have pursued successful careers as performers and educators.