Meet the Orchestra

Conor O’Brien


Since moving to Minnesota from his native Ireland to study with renowned pedagogue Sally O’Reilly, Conor O’Brien has built an eclectic professional portfolio that covers almost every facet of the music business.  As a violinist, he has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and is a core member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra.  Conor has performed on three continents, including a tour of South Korea with the World Symphony Orchestra.  He has recorded extensively for television and radio, performed in Broadway shows, and collaborated with artists in many diverse genres including hip-hop, rock, and pop.  As a baroque violinist, he has performed with Christ Church Baroque (now Irish Baroque Orchestra), Lyra Baroque Orchestra, the Bach Society of MN, La Grande Bande, and Oratory Bach Ensemble.  Conor has been a faculty member and/or guest clinician at Luther College, Bemidji State University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Shattuck St. Mary’s pre-conservatory program, MacPhail Center for Music, and many other schools and programs in the Midwest.  His entrepreneurial spirit and passion for working with people complement his work as performer and teacher.  He is artistic director of the Loring String Quartet, and music contractor and consultant for many local and national music organizations.  In his free time, he loves playing soccer and spending time with his family.