Aaron O'Rourke began teaching and performing on mountain dulcimer at the age of 16. In a short period of time, Aaron became one of the headlining names at many dulcimer camps across the country.
In 2010, Aaron won the National Mountain Dulcimer Competition held at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. Aaron is also a past winner in the Florida Old-time music competition held in Dade City, FL and the Southeastern Regional Dulcimer Contest in Mountain View, AR.
To date, Aaron has authored twenty instructional books for mountain dulcimer covering a diverse range of technique and repertoire. In addition to teaching at camps and festivals, Aaron is a regular contributor of video lessons to dulcimerschool.com.
As the front man of the Aaron O'Rourke Trio, a group consisting of mountain dulcimer, fiddle and upright bass that melds the sounds of traditional Irish and Old-Time music with classically influenced arrangements and original compositions, he has performed at many folk and acoustic music festivals in the southeast. In 2007, the group released it's debut self-titled album which is currently available on David Grisman's digital record label, Acoustic Oasis. In 2012, the trio released its second album, Syzygy on Gatorbone Records.