About the Hardanger Fiddle
The Hardanger fiddle is the national instrument of Norway. Harkening back to its inception in the Baroque period, the fiddle itself is richly ornamented with shell, bone and ink and is played with asymmetric rhythms, multiple tunings, and non standard tones preserved by means of an unbroken aural chain. The Hardanger fiddle has four or five sympathetic strings which resonate with the four played strings throughout the music producing an ethereal sound.
My fiddle, Førnesbrunen, was awarded Best of Show, a Blue Ribbon, and People's Choice at Verterheim's National Norwegian-American Folk Art Exhibition in July, 2019.
I became a Vesterheim Gold Medalist in July, 2019.
I was awarded a fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation for "Hardanger Fiddle Construction - Acoustical Adjustments" that enabled me to study with Hardanger fiddle makers Sigvald Rørlien and Wiebke Lüders at Ole Bull Akademiet in Voss, Norway, April 4 to May 5, 2018.
Performances and Exhibitions
March 16, 2019, 1 PM - talk "April in Voss: Building Fiddles and Friendships." Livsreise, Stoughton, WI.
May 2, 2019, 7 PM - Ladies of the Fjord, Mai-Wergeland Lodge Syttende Mai Celebration, Holmen, WI.
May 11, 2019, 10-5. Building demonstration and Hardanger fiddle performance. Portage County Cultural Festival, Stevens Point, WI.
May 18, 2019, 10-1. Fykerud'n Spelemannslag. Syttende Mai Celebration, Chorus Public House, Stoughton, WI.
June 21, 2019, 5 PM - Ladies of the Fjord, Vestlandslag, Decorah, IA.
July 28, 2019, 4-7 PM - Ladies of the Fjord, Norse Valley Lodge, Appleton, WI.