Mark O'Connor

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:41 am
Sun November 16, 2014

'Twinkle' Sparks Fireworks As Fiddler Guts Violin Method

Shinichi Suzuki makes a rare visit to Britain in 1980 to demonstrate the method he developed for learning to play the violin.
Ian Tyas Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 5:37 pm

If you're a parent, the sound of a small child sawing away at the strains of the "Twinkle Variations" may be all too familiar.

It's Song One, of Book One, of the Suzuki method, a musical pedagogy developed by Shin'ichi Suzuki in the 1960s.

But lately there has been discord among music educators, a feud over methods and credentials and accusations of fraud.

Read more
Crossover
3:00 pm
Sat June 27, 2009

Classical Guitarist Sharon Isbin

Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin is Jill's guest this week. Her new CD - Journey to the New World - takes you from the Renaissance to the world of Bluegrass music, and features guest performers including singer Joan Baez and fiddler Mark O'Connor in the world premiere of his folk-inspired suite for violin and guitar.

Read more
Crossover
3:42 pm
Sat May 26, 2007

Mark O'Connor, violinist, composer

Mark O'Connor, violinist, composer