Mark O’Connor began his creative journey at the feet of American fiddling legend Benny Thomasson, and the iconic French jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. Now, at age 59, he has melded these influences into a new American classical music, and is perpetuating his vision of an American School of String Playing. Mr. O’Connor has won three Grammys, seven CMA awards as well as several national fiddle, guitar, and mandolin champion titles. His distinguished career includes representing the United States Information Agency in cultural diplomacy to six continents and performing in front of several U.S. presidents including being invited to the White House by President Ronald Reagan to perform as a teen.
Violinist and American fiddler Maggie O’Connor is a Grammy Award-winning musician from her work in the Mark O’Connor Band, and she performs in a duo with her husband, violinist and composer Mark O’Connor. Most recently, they have started a live weekly virtual show titled “Mondays with Mark and Maggie”, in which the two perform and share stories about their musical experiences and feature special guests that have included Bela Fleck, Rachel Barton Pine, Máiréad Nesbitt, Jonathan Wilson, Xavier Foley, Darrell Scott, and more. With a unique background in both traditional classical violin training and American musical styles, Maggie continues her mission to show that violinists can and should participate in everything the instrument has to offer.