Friday, August 5, 2011

Mark celebrates 50

Mark O'Connor was born fifty years ago today! He is an American bluegrass, jazz, country and classical violinist fiddler, composer and 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 St├ęphane Grappelli with whom O'Connor toured as a teenager and guitarist Chet Atkins.

You also might enjoy hearing an interview with O'Connor and host John Clare here.

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