Jim Owen was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. He gained rich musical experience from his father, who played music from the classics for him on the piano, and from his extensive library of recordings by the great classical artists.
Jim began studying the piano at age six, and won honours in various piano performance competitions throughout his teenage years. He was eight years old when he first heard The Beatles, and promptly decided to take up the study of the guitar. His first professional performance as a Beatle tribute artist was at 16. Then, at age 18, he began touring internationally with various Beatles tribute productions, visiting Japan, Korea, China, Canada, Mexico, and much of South America.
It has long been Jim’s dream to share with the public live performances of some of the greatest music ever written and recorded, so in 1996, Mr. Owen began working on his idea for a new Beatles tribute show with orchestra. Classical Mystery Tour was the result.
Mr. Owen last appeared with the ESO in February 2015.