The Frost School of Music has a tradition of inviting world-renowned composers and performers to be Artists-in-Residence, who usually spend two or three full weeks on campus during each academic year to teach master classes and work with individually with students and ensembles. The artist residencies bring unique musical collaborations that benefit the students and faculty, as well as appeal to our audiences.
The 2010-2011 Frost School of Music Artist-in-Residence will be multi Grammy award-winning violinist and composer, Mark O’Connor. On-campus dates in 2011 will be:
January 31 – February 4
March 21 – 25
April 11 – 15
April 18 – 22
Mark O’Connor is product of America’s rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, his creative journey pays tribute to two musical giants: American fiddler, Benny Thomasson and French jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. O’Connor’s first recording ‘Appalachia Waltz’ (Sony Classical), was with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer and gained him worldwide recognition as a leading proponent of a new American musical idiom. The tremendously successful follow-up, ‘Appalachian Journey’, received a Grammy Award in February 2001. With more than 200 performances, his first full length orchestral score “Fiddle Concerto” has become the most-performed modern violin concerto composed in the last 40 years. O’Connor’s 2nd concerto “Fanfare for the Volunteer” was recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and he has since premiered two more violin concerti. In 2001, O’Connor released “Hot Swing!” and the Chicago Tribune called it “one of the finest discs of his career and one of the greatest jazz violin albums ever.” His “Americana Symphony: Variations on Appalachia Waltz” was recorded by Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony in 2009. The Associated Press reviewed it as “a monumental work…inevitably will be compared to Copland.” He has composed chamber music and string quartets, and his most recent recording, ‘Jam Session’ (OMAC), combines bluegrass and gypsy jazz. O’Connor’s “Strings and Threads Suite” composed for violin and guitar, won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Performance. Mark O’Connor is the founder and president of the Mark O’Connor String Camp, and the author of the Mark O’Connor Violin Method.