Owen Pallett

Owen Pallett

Owen Pallett


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Owen Pallett is a composer, violinist, keyboardist, and vocalist. He currently releases albums with Secret City Records and Domino Recording Co., and has performed as a solo performer with orchestras worldwide. His chamber music work has been commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Bang On A Can, The Barbican and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, among others. He served as curator of the TSO’s New Creations Festival in 2017.

He has written string, brass and orchestral arrangements for numerous artists, including Frank Ocean, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Christine & The Queens, Sigur Rós, Caribou, The National, Taylor Swift, R.E.M., Pet Shop Boys and Linkin Park. He most recently acted as producer on In League With Dragons, the most recent studio album by The Mountain Goats. He won an “Album Of The Year" Grammy for his work on Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the original score of Spike Jonze’s Her and won an Emmy for his work on Sølve Sundsbø’s Fourteen Actors Acting.  

He has released a string of critically praised solo recordings, winning the Polaris Prize in 2006 for his album He Poos Clouds. He currently lives in Toronto.