Violinist and composer Mark OConnor is widely recognized as one of the most gifted contemporary composers in America and surely one of the brightest talents of his generation. The New York Times calls his "one of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music." The Baltimore Sun and the St. Louis Post Dispatch label him "genius." The Los Angeles Times describes him as an artist who is "one of the most talented and imaginative...working in music -- any music -- today." The Seattle Times says of his music: "brilliantly original."