Hardanger Fiddle TeachersArne
Anderdal, from Hemsedal in the valley of Hallingdal, has been playing
hardingfele in the Hallingdal tradition for over 20 years. He teaches
hardingfele at Ole Bull Akademiet, where he has been for the past
eight years. He is a featured performer in many concerts and annual
festivals, including the Telemark Festival and Folk Music Week
in Ål, Hallingdal. Arne leads the Voss Spelemannslag and
is an organizer of the Osa Festival in Voss. His teachers include
Egil Syversbråten, Jens A. Myro, Øyvind Brabant, and
Knut Fausko. A favorite at Buffalo Gap, Ramblewood, and the Julian
weekend in California, Arne is known for his excellent teaching
Een acquired her expertise with the Hardanger fiddle from master
fiddlers in Voss,
Telemark, and Setesdal. She has been studying since her first trip
to Norway in 1979. A music professor at St. Olaf College in Northfield,
Minnesota, Andrea has taught Hardanger fiddle, violin, and viola
at the college
since 1977. In May 2002, Een received the Saint Olav Medal from
King Harald of Norway and the Norwegian government in recognition
services in the promotion of wider knowledge of Norwegian culture.
In 2004, she released her solo CD, From the Valley, which
combines her original fiddle solos with traditional dances and
from West Norway. For information on Andrea's recordings and performance
calendar, see her Web site.
Kelley is the premiere American player of the hardingfele. Since
1979, she has made over a dozen trips to Norway to study with
the masters. Loretta has taught and performed extensively throughout
the U.S., including appearances on A Prairie Home CompanionAll
Things Considered. She has been a staff teacher at Nordic Fiddles
and Feet (formerly Scandinavian Week, at Buffalo Gap) nearly every
year since its inception, and has taught at the HFAA’s yearly
workshop, at Scandia Camp Mendocino, and at numerous other camps
and workshops throughout the country. She has published two recordings, AmerikaSpel (1996)
and Dansekveld (1990). In 1994, her playing was featured
on an hour-long program on Norwegian radio.
Solgård lets beginners in on the secrets of the Hardanger fiddling
style. Her CD Norse Fiddle at Home is intended to make this music
feel more local for American audiences. A second CD, Norse Fiddle
at the Wedding, will be released this March. She performs throughout
the Midwest, gives workshops in schools, and teaches Hardanger fiddle
tunes to orchestra students, fiddlers, and classical violinists.
Karen has served HFAA as Sound Post editor, vice president, and annual
workshop teacher. Her main dialect is Telemark, with some work in
Valdres and Vestland styles, and as a Scandinavian-American is steeped
Bjørn Lien is an “A” class dancer and an esteemed
judge at many kappleiks (dance competitions). He began dancing at
age 23, learning on the dance floor in the tradition of the masters.
From 1993 to 1998, Bjørn was the president of the Landslaget
for Spelemenn (Norwegian National Organization for Folk Music), organizing
the annual national competition for dancers, fiddlers, and singers
called Landskappleiken. Bjørn also works on his dairy and
forestry-based farm in Flå, Hallingdal. He has taught at the
Fiddles and Feet dance camp and at Mendocino, as well as at Folklore
Village for a weekend workshop.
Rudningen, from Hemsedal in Hallingdal, started dancing as a 7-year-old
at the local barneleikarring (folk dance group for children). After
a 1986 hallingspringar workshop in Hemsedal, at which she was fortunate
to be able to dance with many of Hallingdal's fine older dancers,
Sissel began traveling to as many festivals and parties as possible
to dance with different experienced dancers. "Dancing at parties
is the best place one can learn," she says. Sissel's first dance
teachers were Torun and Birger Liahagen; she has also learned much
from Sigrunn Bæra Svenkerud and Gunnlaug Lien Myhr.
An A-Class dancer in Norway, Sissel has taught in the United States
at Scandinavian Camp at Ramblewood in 1995 and at Buffalo Gap in
1996 with Knut Skrindo and fiddler Arne Anderdal. In 2000, she and
Knut were at Folklore Village with fiddler Hilde Kirkebøen,
and she and Hilde appeared at the Norway Day Festival in San Francisco.
Participants at Sissel's workshops have raved about her beautiful
dance style and her friendly, insightful teaching.
Bruce Emery will review the Valdresspringar
taught by Erik and Anne Røine at the 2004 workshop. He is
well known for his careful and precise teaching and has studied Valdres
dance for many years. Bruce has organized and instructed a number
of dance workshops in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, including
Telespringar, Valdresspringar, and all types of gammeldans (old-time
dancing). His careful explanations will further students’ competence
with the dance.