“O’Connor and Yokers took the stage and performed flawlessly, creating music that sounded like it belonged in a fairytale dreamland…” (uscjams.blogspot.com) Formed at the University of Southern California with a commitment to diverse repertoire and a sense of community engagement, the AeroCorda Duo has been delighting audiences and serving the public since its inception in 2012. Recent and memorable concert highlights include performances at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Alfred Newman Recital Hall, and Doheny Memorial Library at the University of Southern California. With the strong belief that musicians play an important role in community, AeroCorda has dedicated much of its efforts to bringing classical music to people and places which would otherwise be without it: the past few months have seen interactive concerts in public libraries, bars, hospitals, and juvenile detention centers. AeroCorda’s involvement as fellows with the Thornton-Gluck Fellows Program has further allowed for several of these concerts to be given each month throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
Award-winning and critically acclaimed, Cameron O’Connor is among the most exciting and versatile of the new generation of American classical guitarists. In addition to recently winning First Prize in the Appalachian International Guitar Competition, he has been a top prizewinner in the Portland, Indiana, and Sierra Nevada International Guitar Competitions, as well as the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale J.S. Bach Competition and Randy Rhoads Memorial Guitar Competition. One year after he began his classical guitar studies, Cameron became the first guitarist in California State University, Northridge’s history to win that university’s Concerto Competition, at which he played Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Following this were subsequent performances with different orchestras throughout Southern California.
Cameron recently made his Lincoln Center debut under the baton of Tan Dun, in which he performed the Concerto for Six, an ensemble piece which mixes Western and Eastern musical idioms; in their review of the concert, the New York Times observed that Cameron “fluttered on his guitar strings in a manner reminiscent of a pipa player’s technique.”
In his short career he has studied under the enormous talents of Sergio Assad, David Tanenbaum, Oscar Ghiglia, Eliot Fisk, Hubert Kappel, Jason Vieaux, and the entire Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Furthermore, he is both an alumnus of and teaching assistant at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Cameron is a four-time recipient of both the Andrés Segovia Memorial Endowment and the Rose Augustine Memorial Scholarship, and recently graduated cum laude from California State University Northridge, where he studied under Ron Borczon and Steve Thachuk. He recently received his Master Of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied with Sharon Isbin. O’Connor is now a student of Bill Kanengiser at the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.