Personalities | Mark O’Connor | Alt. Country & The Bluegrass Revival
(Fiddle, guitar, b. 1961)
O’Connor was a child prodigy who won the junior division of the National Old-Time Fiddlers Contest in 1974. Before he graduated from high school in 1979, he had won the all-ages Grand Masters Fiddling Championship and had released three albums for Rounder Records. Right after graduation, he joined The David Grisman Quintet for its tour with Stéphane Grappelli. After a stint with the fusion band Dixie Dregs, O’Connor moved to Nashville and became a top session musician who played on 450 albums between 1982 and 1990, the year he won the first of six consecutive CMA Musician Of The Year Awards. Since 1990 he has concentrated on his solo recordings, branching out from new-grass to explore classical music (with Yo-Yo Ma among others) and swing jazz (with Wynton Marsalis among others).
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