Mark O'Connor is an astonishingly versatile American violinist and composer who has had exceptional success melding various genres of music -- country and bluegrass, jazz, and classical -- into his own unique style and voice. Since emerging in the mid-1970s, he has won multiple Grammy Awards, composed nine influential concertos, and appeared on over 450 albums. In addition to his solo work, he has collaborated with a diverse array of musicians, such as Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Renée Fleming, James Taylor, Chris Thile, Alison Krauss, and Marin Alsop. He also has a playing method program that is widely used by string students.
O'Connor first took classical guitar lessons as a child and taught himself to play flamenco music before beginning fiddle lessons at age 11. Soon he was studying with Benny Thomasson, an icon of American fiddling. In ... Read Full Biography