"One of the brightest young fiddlers around today."
— Brian O’Donovan, Host of WGBH radio’s “A Celtic Sojourn”

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Short Bio

Multistyle violinist & champion fiddler MARI BLACK’s virtuosic fiddling, sparkling stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. A master of diverse musical styles and winner of several major international competitions, Mari sweeps her audiences away on a spirited musical adventure featuring dance music from around the globe: Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling, jazz, tango, klezmer, folk, original works, and more. She and her dynamic band will treat you to an unforgettable experience that will have you tapping your toes and dancing in the aisles!


Longer Bio

Called “One of the brightest fiddlers around today” by WGBH radio A Celtic Sojourn’s host Brian O’Donovan, multistyle violinist and champion fiddler MARI BLACK has been delighting audiences across the country and around the world with her energetic playing, sparkling stage presence, and dazzlingly virtuosic fiddling. Raised on a rich blend of traditional musical styles, Mari made her entrance onto the international stage when she became Scotland’s Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion, 2-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and 2-time Canadian Maritime Fiddle champion, all within a three-year period. Ever since then, she has been spreading her love for dance-based music, performing as a featured artist at Celtic festivals, Scottish Highland Games, celebrated folk venues, world music concert series, and acclaimed classical concert venues including Carnegie Hall. Mari’s passion for traditional music extends far beyond the concert stage, as reflected in her work as a teacher, performance coach, dancer, competition judge, and musical ambassador dedicated to connecting people through music. Known as a master teacher with a playful and unconventional approach to helping students expand their horizons, Mari has taught workshops at the Acadia Trad School, the Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling, the Mark O’Connor fiddle camp, the Tanglewood Festival, the Yale School of Music, and more. Currently touring nationally with her trio, Mari's favorite thing to do is sweep her audience away on a spirited musical adventure featuring dance music from around the globe: Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling, jazz, tango, klezmer, folk, original works, and more!



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Quotes & Press

“One of the brightest young fiddlers around today.”        — Brian O’Donovan, host of WGBH radio’s “A Celtic Sojourn”
“Particularly impressive”        — The Boston Globe
“Superb, inspiring, and unforgettable! Her magic is such that she sweeps audiences along with the sounds she and her instrument make.”        — Willie Ruff, Director of the Ellington Jazz Series, Yale University
“Mari Black is an extraordinary musician; her sound is musical enthusiasm personified.”        — Dr. John Turner, 10-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion



Notable Awards

  • MASC International Songwriting Competiton, Instrumental Gold Prize
  • 2-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion
  • 2-time Maritime Fiddle Champion
  • Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion of Scotland
  • Canadian Novelty Fiddle Champion
  • American Protege International Strings & Piano Competition, 1st Prize
  • 2-time ASTA Alternative Styles Awards prize winner

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