Mark O’Connor (US bluegrass, country and classical fiddler/composer)

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Legal name: Mark Lorenn O’Connor


Mark O'Connor (born August 5, 1961 in Seattle, Washington) is an American bluegrass, jazz and country violinist, fiddler, composer and music teacher. O'Connor 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 the fiddle. His mentors include Texas 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Pickin' in the Wind Mark O’Connor 1
1979 Markology Mark O’Connor 2
1981 Soppin' the Gravy Mark O’Connor 1
1986 Meanings Of Mark O’Connor 2
1987 Stone From Which The Arch Was Made Mark O’Connor 1
1988 Elysian Forest Mark O’Connor 1
1989 On the Mark Mark O’Connor 1
1991 The New Nashville Cats Mark O’Connor 1
1993 Heroes Mark O’Connor 1
1995 The Fiddle Concerto Mark O’Connor 1
1996 Appalachia Waltz Yo‐Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer & Mark O’Connor 1
2000 Appalachian Journey Yo‐Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer & Mark O’Connor 2
2009 Mark O'Connor's Americana Symphony Mark O’Connor; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop 1
2010 Jam Session Mark O’Connor, Chris Thile, Frank Vignola, Bryan Sutton, Jon Burr & Byron House 1
2011 An Appalachian Christmas Mark O’Connor 1
Midnight on the Water Mark O’Connor 1
String Quartets No.'s 2 & 3 Mark O’Connor 1
The American Seasons Mark O’Connor 1
The Championship Years 1975-1984 Mark O’Connor 1

Album + Audiobook

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Johnny Appleseed Garrison Keillor & Mark O’Connor 1
2013 Liberty! Mark O’Connor with Yo‐Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis & James Taylor 4 1
Rabbit Ears: American Tall Tales, Volume 1 Garrison Keillor, original music by Mark O’Connor; Anjelica Huston, original music by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Retrospective Mark O’Connor 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 The Improvised Violin Concerto Mark O’Connor 1
Thirty-Year Retrospective Mark O’Connor 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Liberty! Mark O’Connor 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Hot Swing! Mark O’Connor 1

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