Maggie O’Connor

Maggie O'ConnorViolinist and American fiddler Maggie O’Connor performs a variety of musical styles throughout the U.S. and beyond. Frequently performing with her husband, violinist and composer Mark O’Connor, together they have appeared as guest soloists with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony and many other symphony orchestras performing his compositions including his Strings and Threads Suite and Double Violin Concerto. The couple has also performed violin duos around the world, including the Leopold Auer Music Academy Hungary as well as the Berlin Konzerthaus celebrating the centennial birthday of the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin. Maggie is also a member of the Grammy winning O’Connor Band, whose debut album “Coming Home” won a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year in 2017 at the 59th Grammy Awards. Along with the O’Connor Band, Maggie has also frequently performed in her husband’s ensembles ranging from Hot Swing and American Classics to An Appalachian Christmas, a hit concert tour taking place each holiday season. Along with performing, Maggie is also working as co-director with Mark for the O’Connor Method Camp NYC featuring the lesson book series that is rising in popularity each year. She is also featured on her and her husband’s album “Duo,” in which David McGee of Deep Roots Magazine claims “As a technician and as an expressive player, she is formidable, has it all. What I find so special about her, apart from the sheer soulfulness abundant in the music she makes, is her uncanny sense of playing off of and with Mark, knowing when to assert herself and when to be empathetic and supportive.”

Growing up in a musical family in the suburbs of Atlanta GA, Maggie started playing the violin at age 7 in a family band. Concurrently, she took classical violin lessons with Larisa Morgulis, a distinguished graduate of the Odessa Conservatory in Ukraine. Playing music with her family band is where Maggie began to develop an ear for arranging, recording, group playing, and improvisation; skills she has embraced throughout her musical life. In her early years, she was a member of numerous bluegrass and rock bands while also being a member and soloist with Atlanta’s top three youth orchestras. After growing up playing American and classical music styles, Maggie continued her professional training at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where she studied with violinist Herbert Greenberg earning the Bachelor and the Master of Music degrees in violin performance. She was also a finalist in the Marbury Prize Competition for Undergraduate Violinists while finishing up her Bachelor’s degree with distinction and had the honor of being accepted into the Five Year Advanced Degree Program along with being awarded the Career Development Grant while at Peabody. She was the recipient of full tuition scholarships while studying at the Aspen Music Festival and School for three years. Maggie currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and plays a beautifully handcrafted 1996 violin made by Lukas Wronski.

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