Blending American folk tradition and classical music, violinist Mark O’Connor has won two Grammys, six Country Music Association Musician Of The Year Awards, and sold over two million albums.
A Grand Master Fiddler Champion, O’Connor has recorded with legends Dolly Parton, James Taylor, Paul Simon, and Randy Travis. O’Connor played in the David Grisman Quintet, The Dixie Dregs with Steve Morse, Strength in Numbers with Béla Fleck and Edgar Meyer, and formed The American Music Shop house band and New Nashville Cats.
A prolific composer, O’Connor’s Fiddle Concerto has received over 250 performances. His Strings and Threads Suite with guitarist Sharon Isbin won a Best Classical Instrumental Performance Grammy Award. O’Connor’s concerti have been recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop conducting, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Christoph Eschenbach conducting. Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming have recorded his chamber music, and the Eroica Trio commissioned his Poets and Prophets.
O’Connor’s music has been choreographed by Twyla Tharp Dance Company, New York City Ballet, and Alvin Ailey, and featured in documentaries by Ken Burns.
A former artist-in-residence at the Frost School, O’Connor’s residencies include Juilliard, Harvard, Berklee, Tanglewood, and the Aspen Summer Festival.