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 ...
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