Owen Middleton is prize- and award-winning composer, whose work is the subject of two doctoral dissertations, An American Original: Guitar Music of Owen Middleton, by Dr. Gregory Newton at UCLA and another by Dr. Barton Moreau at Arizona State University, Selected Works for Piano by Owen Middleton with recording. Mr. Middleton specializes in innovative guitar compositions, as well as virtuoso piano music, choral, orchestral, and chamber music. His guitar works can be heard around the world, including a recent performance at the International Guitar Festival in Poland, at Wigmore Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York. A professor of music, music theory, composition, piano, and guitar performance, he has lectured across the United States including Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, California, North Carolina, Kentucky and Alabama. As a performance artist, he has performed guitar concerts at colleges, universities, on radio and television. His music has been published by notable music companies including Belwin-Mills (NY), Edition Daminus (Germany), The Guitar Foundation of America, Boosey & Hawkes Canada, Counterpoint Musical Services, Canada, Lathkill Music (UK), Gemini Records (UK), Ars Musica in Poland, Mel Bay Inc., U. S. and Guitar Chamber Music Press U.S. Some of his compositions may be heard at owenmiddleton.wordpress.com and on iTunes, Amazon and other on-line venues.
Now retired after fifty years of teaching. Mr. Middleton lives near Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife, Anne, and two cats, Tisser and Belle. His hobby is playing jazz piano and reading. An athlete in his younger days, he follows college and pro football on television and also college baseball. He proudly wears his FSU 2013 BCS Football National Championship hat! Mr. Middleton studied piano, string bass and music composition at Florida State University (M.Mus.) and later, classical guitar in New York City with noted author, composer and teacher, Alexander Bellow.