Crossing Bridges

Crossing Bridges

by Mark O'Connor
Crossing Bridges

Crossing Bridges

by Mark O'Connor


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Crossing Bridges, Mark O'Connor's aching memoir, traces his journey from his childhood years, when at age 10 he was winning classical guitar competitions against University graduates, and at age 12 was thrust as a soloist onto the Grand Ole Opry stage introduced by the "King of Country Music," Roy Acuff. The story covers O'Connor's 1970s child prodigy years on the road as national fiddle and guitar champion. The acclaimed musician learned at the feet of American music legends while exploring his relationships with mother, dysfunctional family, a near career-ending accident and his involvement in some of the world's most iconic instrumental bands. O'Connor's memoir details the personal triumphs, struggles and demons that informed the decisions he made about his music, career path and the risks he was willing to take for a shot at the brass ring.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781737450016
Publisher: Mark O''Connor Musik International
Publication date: 02/10/2023
Pages: 454
Sales rank: 320,521
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Mark O'Connor (b. August 5, 1961, Seattle, Washington)"One of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music." - The New York Times"One of the most talented and imaginative artists working in music -- any music -- today." - The Los Angeles Times"Brilliantly original." - The Seattle Times"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 TimesMark 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.After recording a series of albums for Rounder and Warner Bros including his multiple Grammy-winning New Nashville Cats, his recordings for Sony Classical with Yo-Yo Ma, Appalachia Waltz and Appalachian Journey sold a million CDs and gained O'Connor worldwide recognition as a leading proponent of a new American musical idiom. Mr. O'Connor's Fiddle Concerto released on Warner Bros. has become the most-performed violin concerto composed in the last 50 years. On his own OMAC Records label, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra recorded his sweeping Americana Symphony while his groundbreaking 9th concerto, The Improvised Violin Concerto was recorded in Boston Symphony Hall. His new touring group, the Mark O'Connor Band consisting of family members (wife, son and daughter-in-law) debuted at #1 on Billboard Magazine's bluegrass album chart and their first album Coming Home won a Grammy in 2017 and followed it up with a live band album A Musical Legacy. Mr. O'Connor has authored a series of educational books called the O'Connor Method and is now the fastest growing violin method in the country and tens of thousands can credit the O'Connor books for learning how to play stringed instruments. The O'Connor Method features American music styles, creativity, cultural diversity and western classical technical training. Mr. O'Connor tours nationally as the Mark O'Connor Duo with his wife Maggie, with his perennial An Appalachian Christmas and performs his original concertos with symphony orchestras. He resides in North Carolina with his wife, and duo partner Maggie O'Connor. For more information, please see,, and
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