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In Studio: Violinist Mark O’Connor and His Appalachia Waltz Trio


Mark O'Connor is a violinist admired by lovers of classical, jazz, and country music alike. He's won two Grammy awards, one for his album New Nashville Cats and one for Appalachian Journey an album he collaborated on with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer. O'Connor is known for his varied musical interests and his ability to integrate them in his compositions. One of his projects is a chamber group called Appalachia Waltz Trio.

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Above: Mark O'Connor and his Appalachia Waltz Trio in the KPBS Performance Studio.

Maureen Cavanaugh: A concert by violinist Mark O'Connor is a treat that San Diegans know and love. O'Connor called San Diego home for several years, and played often with the San Diego Symphony.

A prodigy on the country fiddle, Mark O'Connor has expanded his repertoire to jazz violin and classical composing. His Appalachia Waltz with cellist YoYo Ma is just one of his celebrated compositions.

Last summer, Mark O'Connor and members of his group, The Appalachia Waltz Trio, joined Tom Fudge in studio for some conversation and music. O'Connor was joined by Mike Block on cello and Gillian Gallagher on viola. They begin the interview by playing "Chief Sitting in the Rain/College Hornpipe." Here's that performance and interview.


Mark O'Connor, Grammy Award-winning violinist and composer. He is the founder of The Appalachia Waltz Trio.

Mike Block, cellist and member of The Appalachia Waltz Trio.

Gillian Gallagher, viola player and member of The Appalachia Waltz Trio.

(Originally aired on July 31, 2008)

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