Hailed as "one of the most talented and imaginative artists working in music," by the Los Angeles Times, Mark O'Connor has lived an extraordinary life as a musical artist. This multi-Grammy winning musician and composer, most known for his million-selling composition "Appalachia Waltz" has composed nine concertos and two symphonies as well as authoring a new violin method that tens of thousands of children are learning from. After 30 years, Mark still remains the only person that has won the National Fiddle Championship, the National Guitar Flatpicking Championship and the World Mandolin Championship. He was also voted "musician of the year" for six years in a row by the Country Music Association. His albums with Yo-Yo Ma spent over a year at the top of Billboard's classical music chart, and he was recently voted in the top five jazz violinists by New York jazz music critics.
For "An Appalachian Christmas" Mark O'Connor features some of his favorite musicians and songs from the country/bluegrass, pop, classical and jazz worlds of his musical journey.
"The audience was on its feet . . . They were moved by Mr. O'Connor's journey without maps, cheering for the only musician today who can reach so deeply first into the refined, then the vernacular, giving his listeners a complex, sophisticated piece of early-21st-century classical music and then knocking them dead with the brown-dirt whine of a Texas fiddle." - The New York Times