Image 21 of 43
< Prev Next >

Mark O'Connor 03.jpg

Marc O'Connor, Jan 1981. American violinst, fiddler and composer. He performs and composes in genres including classical, Hot Swing, bluegrass, and country. O'Connor is also a music teacher. O'Connor's music is wide-ranging, critically acclaimed, and he has received numerous awards for both his playing and his composition. As a teenager he won national string instrument championships for his virtuoso playing of the guitar and mandolin as well as on the fiddle. His mentors include Texas old-time fiddler Benny Thomasson who taught O'Connor to fiddle as a teenager, French jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli with whom O'Connor toured as a teenager and guitarist Chet Atkins.<br />
O'Connor has won two Grammy awards; one for his New Nashville Cats album and another for his Appalachian Journey album he did with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer. He has eight Grammy nominations, and in (2010) contributed to the Grammy winning album in the classical instrumentalist category by Sharon Isbin with his composition and performance of Strings & Threads Suite. He was named Musician of the Year by the Country Music Association six years in a row (from 1991–1996). His collaborative single Restless (with Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs and Steve Wariner) won the 1991 CMA Vocal Event of the Year award. His collaborative single The Devil Comes Back to Georgia from O'Connor's "Heroes" featuring Charlie Daniels and Johnny Cash earned a CMA nomination in 1993.