Mark O’Connor, Violin


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22 at 3 pm | <$25>
Whitehall Auditorium
3333 Henry Hudson Parkway

Maggie O’Connor, Violin

Mark O’Connor – Works for solo violin and violin duo, String Quartet (“Old-Time”)
Dvorak – String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 (“American”)

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At age 13, Mark O’Connor was the youngest person ever to win the Grand Master Fiddler Championship competing against all ages, amateur and professional. Thirty-seven years later, his record still stands. Mr. O’Connor is still the only person to ever win national titles (open to all ages) on fiddle, bluegrass guitar and mandolin (Weiser, ID; Winfield, Kansas; Kerrville, TX). Mr. O’Connor won six Country Music Association Musician Of The Year Awards in a row in Nashville. At age 17 Mr. O’Connor played guitar as a member of one of the 1970s acoustic string band, the David Grisman Quintet. At age 19, he payed violin and guitar alongside Steve Morse of The Dregs, a 1980s rock-fusion instrumental band. He was a member of Strength in Numbers featuring Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Edgar Meyer. He assembled two Country bands in 1989 and 1990 – The American Music Shop house band and New Nashville Cats. During his twenties, Mr. O’Connor became an in demand session musician appearing on more top ten hits in the country, recording over 500 albums, and recording with Dolly Parton, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Randy Travis, The Judds and more.

Mark O’Connor’s musical works have been embraced by a variety of performers. Yo-Yo Ma has recorded the solo cello adaptation of “Appalachia Waltz” and Renee Fleming has performed and recorded vocal arrangements of O’Connor’s music. “Strings and Threads Suite” a duet that Mr. O’Connor composed for violin and guitar for guitarist Sharon Isbin, won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Performance. Mr. O’Connor performs with piano trio his “Poets and Prophets” composition, inspired by the music of Johnny Cash, often in a collaborative concert with Rosanne Cash, daughter of the legendary singer. The Eroica Trio commissioned the “Poets and Prophets” piano trio and in 2008 released it on the EMI Record label. Dance troupes, including Twyla Tharp Dance Co., the New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, are staging and choreographing Mr. O’Connor’s lyrical American music, and O’Connor frequently collaborates with director Ken Burns for the sound tracks of his documentary films.


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