Owen Underhill 居住在温哥华，于 Simon Fraser 大学当代艺术学院担任作曲家、指挥、艺术总监和教职员。
Underhill 创作的编制包括管弦乐队、声乐和合唱团，以及各种多样化的室内乐，从传统室内乐团到罕见乐器的组合型式。他对大规模的跨界合作特别感兴趣，创作了大量的舞蹈音乐以及歌剧《The Star Catalogues》（1994）。近期代表作品有：长笛、大提琴与钢琴《Ten Miniatures》（2013，Novo Ensemble 委约）；大提琴与室内乐团《The Curio Box》（2014，Vancouver New Music and String Quartet #4 委约）；《The Night》（2011，Quatuor Bozzini 委约）；长笛与竖琴《Canzone di Petra》（2004，Heidi Krutzen 与 Lorna McGhee 委约）曾获2007年 WCMA 加西音乐奖的杰出作品奖。管弦乐作品《Lines of Memory》在1994年杜莫里尔加拿大作曲家的比赛中获得一等奖；《Love Songs》入围2002年朱诺奖。他的音乐有许多不同的表现手法，被形容为稠密而有趣、色彩丰富、灵感的抒情、旺盛和机智、微妙且深思熟虑。
他作曲的作品主要由加拿大几个指标性的音乐团体所发表，包括 Arraymusic、Quatuor Bozzini、St. Lawrence String Quartet、Esprit Orchestra、Vancouver Cantata Singers、musica intima、Vancouver Symphony、Vancouver Bach Choir 和转捩点乐团。国际性的演出则有：于阿拉斯加 CrossSound 音乐节的两个室内乐作品首演；King’s Chapel Choir、Arcadian Winds 以及低音管演奏者 Janet Underhill 于波士顿的演出；两首作品《Bagatelle》和《One Page Sonata》于斯洛伐克首都 Bratislava 演出。他的作品已被数张专辑收录，包括近期由 Centrediscs 唱片发行的「Still Image」。
在指挥方面，Underhill 是加拿大最具特色且成就斐然的大型室内乐团 Turning Point Ensemble 转捩点乐团的成员，此外还曾与温哥华交响乐团、CBC 广播交响乐团、国家艺术中心交响乐团、温哥华新音乐乐团和 musica intima 人声乐团等团体合作。他非常积极投入当代音乐和二十世纪早期音乐中，担任指挥 Glenn Buhr、Christopher Butterfield、Michael Bushnell、Dorothy Chang、Chan Ka-nin、José Evangelista、Anthony Genge、Melissa Hui、Rudolf Komorous、Michael Oesterle、John Oliver、Rodney Sharman、Ana Sokolovic 和 Linda Catlin Smith 等加拿大作曲家至少超过150首作品的首演，也曾与著名的国际作曲家包括 Louis Andriessen、Gavin Bryars、Sofia Gubaidulina、Giya Kancheli、James MacMillan、Steve Reich、Toru Takemitsu 和 Judith Weir 等人合作。 Underhill 担任指挥参与的专辑录制有：与 CBC 广播交响乐团录制作曲家 Gavin Bryars 的作品集（CBC 唱片发行），温哥华新音乐乐团的两张专辑（CordReCISS 和 CBC 唱片发行），以及三张转捩点乐团专辑：「Liquid」（ATMA label 发行）、作曲家 Rudolf Komorous 作品集「Strange Sphere」（Artifact label 发行）以及作曲家 Barbara Pentland 作品集「Disasters of the Sun」（Centrediscs 发行）。作为一名指挥，他直接而清晰的表现了作曲家的观点，敏感、有力、精确并营造出宽阔空间感的指挥风格著称。
Underhill 自1981以来一直于 Simon Fraser 大学担任教师，教授作曲和指挥并曾担任当代艺术学院院长，现任传播艺术与科技学院院长。
Owen Underhill lives in Vancouver where he is active as a composer, conductor, artistic director and faculty member in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.
As a composer, Underhill writes for diverse combinations including orchestra, voice and choir, and a wide variety of chamber music ranging from traditional ensembles to groupings of unusual instrumentation. He has a special interest in large-scale interdisciplinary collaborations, having composed a number of works for dance as well as his 1994 opera The Star Catalogues. Among his most recent compositions are Ten Miniatures (2013) for flute, cello and piano commissioned by the Novo Ensemble, The Curio Box (2014) for solo cello and ensemble commissioned by Vancouver New Music and String Quartet #4: The Night (2011) commissioned by the Quatuor Bozzini. His Canzone di Petra (2004), a piece for flute and harp commissioned by Heidi Krutzen and Lorna McGhee, was the winner of the 2007 Western Canadian Music Outstanding Composition Award. His orchestral work Lines of Memory won first prize in the 1994 du Maurier Canadian Composers’ Competition and his Love Songs was nominated for a Juno in 2002. His music has many different expressions and has been described as dense and interesting, colourful, lyrical in inspiration, exuberant and witty, subtle, and thoughtful.
His compositions have been performed by leading music organizations in Canada including Arraymusic, Quatuor Bozzini, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Esprit Orchestra, Vancouver Cantata Singers, musica intima, the Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Bach Choir and the Turning Point Ensemble. International performances have included the premiere of two chamber works by the CrossSound Festival in Alaska, Boston performances by the King’s Chapel Choir, Arcadian Winds, and bassoonist Janet Underhill, and performances of Bagatelle and One Page Sonata in Bratislava, Slovakia. His music has been included on several recordings including his recently released disc Still Image on the Centrediscs label.
As a conductor, Underhill is a member of the Turning Point Ensemble, one of Canada’s most distinctive and accomplished large-size chamber ensembles. In addition, he has made conducting appearances with orchestras and ensembles including the Vancouver Symphony, CBC Radio Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Vancouver New Music Ensemble, and musica intima. Underhill has been especially active in contemporary music and music of the early twentieth century. He has conducted well over 150 premieres by Canadian composers including Glenn Buhr, Christopher Butterfield, Michael Bushnell, Dorothy Chang, Chan Ka-nin, José Evangelista, Anthony Genge, Melissa Hui, Rudolf Komorous, Michael Oesterle, John Oliver, Rodney Sharman, Ana Sokolovic and Linda Catlin Smith. He has conducted works in collaboration with several prominent international composers including Louis Andriessen, Gavin Bryars, Sofia Gubaidulina, Giya Kancheli, James MacMillan, Steve Reich, Toru Takemitsu, and Judith Weir. Underhill’s discography as a conductor includes a recording of the music of Gavin Bryars with the CBC Radio Orchestra (CBC Records), two discs with the Vancouver New Music Ensemble (Centrediscs and CBC Records), and three recordings with the Turning Point Ensemble (“Liquid” on the ATMA label, “Strange Sphere: music of Rudolf Komorous” on the Artifact label, and “Disasters of the Sun: music of Barbara Pentland on Centrediscs). As a conductor, he is committed to bringing the composer’s vision off the page with directness and clarity. His conducting has been described as sensitive, vigorous, precise, and exhibiting panache.
Active as a programmer and promoter of contemporary music, Underhill was Artistic Director of Vancouver New Music from 1987 to 2000, a period of substantial growth for the organization. He is currently Artistic Director of the Turning Point Ensemble, a large chamber ensemble of outstanding Vancouver musicians dedicated to the celebration of twentieth century music and new music. He has been active as an arts advocate and supporter of Canadian music organizations, and has been active for many years with the Canadian Music Centre, serving as the President from 2010 – 2014.
Underhill has been an SFU faculty member since 1981, teaching music composition and conducting, and serving for a series of terms as Director of the School for the Contemporary Arts. He is currently Dean Pro Tem of the Faculty of Communciation, Art and Technology.