Artist-In-Residence

The Charlotte Symphony's first Artist-in-Residence is Grammy Award-winning violinist, composer, and educator Mark O'Connor.

Honored at the 59th annual Grammy Awards with a win for Best Bluegrass Album, Coming Home, O'Connor is credited with composing the first full-length orchestral concerto featuring American fiddling. The Fiddle Concerto, performed by the Charlotte Symphony in the 1990s, is a product of O'Connor's cross-genre artistic style. O'Connor also established An American School of String Playing with his O'Connor Method, which teaches orchestra and solo repertoire of American classics with emphasis on creativity, improvisation, and cultural diversity.
 
A product of American folk tradition and classical music, O'Connor credits his musical journey in large part to folk fiddler Benny Thomasson and French jazz violinist and improviser Stephane Grappelli. It was at the intersection of these two musical styles that O'Connor began crafting his own musical approach.
 
The residency is effective through the 2017-2018 season and includes annual performances across three of the Charlotte Symphony's core series Classical, altsounds, and Pops as well as an artistic partnership with Music Director Christopher Warren-Green.
 
O'Connor relocated to Charlotte from New York City in 2016 to be closer to family. He also tours with family members Maggie O'Connor, fiddle; Forrest O'Connor, mandolin and vocals; and Kate Lee, fiddle and vocals, as the O'Connor Band.
 
O'Connor and his wife Maggie are involved in the Symphony's education initiatives, including master classes, workshops, and pre- or post-concert talks.