Owen Pallett is a singer, composer, violinist, producer and arranger from Toronto. He began playing the violin at the age of three and, a decade later, deeply under the influence of Bela Bartok and Dmitri Shostakovich, he began writing music for one of his brother’s video games. Pallett composed his first opera while still in High School and was a constant presence in musical settings whether playing with local bands, classical ensembles, or performing solo violin shows.
Since entering the city’s indie music scene in 2002, Pallett has collaborated with a multitude of indie artists including Jim Guthrie, The National and Arcade Fire. In addition to touring in various string sections in the mid-2000s, he was an active composer, writing arrangements for Arcade Fire’s albums. Between 2005 and 2009 Pallett recorded two albums as Final Fantasy, from 2010 onwards, under his name, he released Heartland, In Conflict and Island.