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 Dregs with Steve Morse, Strength in Numbers with Bela 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. O’Connor’s concerti have been recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the Colorado Orchestra with Marin Alsop conducting, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony with Christopher Eschenbach conducting. Yo-Yo Ma and Renee 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 Ken Burns’ documentaries.
A former Artist-in-Residence at the Frost School, O’Connor’s residencies include Juilliard, Harvard, Berklee, Tanglewood, and Aspen Summer Festival.