The participants of the ENCORE project


  • Susanne Brameshuber, elementary music teacher (EMP), a musician for nyckelharpa, teaching at several music schools in the province of Upper Austria and in adult education (training for nursery school pedagogues) in the subject EMP. Susanne Brameshuber was participant of the European Nyckelharpa Training.

  • Boris Koller, is as a composer of classical music living in Vienna. Currently he is writing a large-scale opera „Tvillingene fra Island“. On stage he can be heard with „Poeta Magica“ and „Kauna“. He plays different nyckelharpas with quatertones. He is also a painter, specializing in Scandinavian landscape.


  • Didier François, after a long journey of violin studies in the classical and jazz world Didier has now been playing nyckelharpa for almost 20 years. He developed his own technique of relaxed playing and fluid movements to avoid tendinitis and for the beauty of the sound and he specializes in playing in a polyphonic way. Currently, he is writing a book "Holistic Polyphony" on this experience.
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  • Eléonore Billy, Eléonore BILLY started to play nyckeharpa when she discovered swedish folk music. She was the first french musician to study this instrument at the Eric Sahlström Institutet in Tobo, Sweden. Since then, she is very active in France to spread her passion, trouhgh concerts, exhibitions, workshops. She collaborates with musicians from differents backgrounds including rock, traditionnal, classical, and her style of playing is influenced by this experience. She composes, writes, arranges and performs with the musicians of her different groups: Tokso Folk String Quartet, Octantrion, Boann, Sym.

  • Jean Claude Canonnelearned piano at the age of 4 to 6 years, violin up to the age of 15 and during 10 years classical guitar as an autodidact (Fernando Sor method), though with limited time for music - only after his professional activities (35 years as physiotherapist). But he always was interested to play traditional musical instruments as small pipes, hurdy-gurdy, Hungarian zither. Once retired, he visited the exhibition at the “Rencontre des luthiers et maîtres sonneurs” at St Chartier and discovered the nyckelharpa with Jean Claude Condi. He developed a total enthusiasm for this instrument and decided to play classical and baroque music. Jean Claude is a music-lover, no diplomas, no music CD but simply with the pleasure to play music.
  • Annette Osann, German living in France. Professional nyckelharpa builder, soloist and teacher, studied violin making, but concentrated on nyckelharpa making and developed her own model. She performs with “Arcangelo en duo et en trio”. She doesn't only teach playing, but also the basics of instrument making and instrument care.


  • Marco Ambrosini, Italian living in Germany, artistic director of this workshop. He was violinist and composer when he discovered the nyckelharpa in the 80s. He fell in love with it and made it his main instrument performing as soloist for early and contemporary music all over the world. He wrote a book of daily exercises for nyckelharpa players.
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  • Angela Ambrosini, 13 years old schoolgirl, is the first pupil in a German secondary school participating in a string class with the nyckelharpa. Since 2012, she is participant in the European Nyckelharpa Training in Italy. Angela started with music education for young children at the age of two and a half. Since 2006, she is learning piano.

  • Jule Bauer, Jule was the first graduate of the “European Nyckelharpa Training”. She studied singing, musicology and music pedagogy. She performs with many ensembles all around Europe. Being teacher for music since 2003 she is now about to publish a nyckelharpa manual for beginners.
  • Katharina Dustmann, Composer, percussionist, sound engineer and production manager. After a training for historical woodwind instruments, she specialized on mediterranean and oriental percussion, recording studio technology and management. Since 1988, she made a worldwide concert career as a soloist and in various ensembles including "Ensemble Oni Wytars", "", "Katharco Consort", CD, radio and television.

  • Karsten Evers, for many years one of the initiators of the European Nyckelharpa Cooperation and impetus of international nyckelharpa projects. As full-time employee at academy BURG FÜRSTENECK he was responsible for the cultural adult education many years. He is also supervising the IT tasks in this project.
  • Sue Ferrers, Australian living in Germany. She studied Classical and jazz violin in Australia at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, but she was playing with an Australian folk-rock band that brought her to Europe. After performing in many European countries, she decided to make Germany her home in 2000. Currently Sue works as a strings teacher in schools, teaching over a hundred students aged between 7 and 18 and performs with various groups such as Can-Gurus, a world-rock band and Aroha, an acoustic duo.
  • Caterina Other, graduate of the “European Nyckelharpa Training”. She started playing the violin at the age of 5. She performs with various groups for early music and also likes to play Swedish tunes. Since 2013, she is also teaching the Nyckelharpa.

  • Andreas Wiebecke-Gottstein, studied double bass in Frankfurt a. M. Since 1992, he is the first double bass player in the "Neubrandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra". Arranging and writing music for double bass he founded the "PRObass Musikverlag", publisher for double bass music. He started to learn nyckelharpa at the International Days of the Nyckelharpa 2011. Immediately thereafter, he enrolled for the European Nyckelharpa Training, which he continues to this day.

Great Britain

  • Vicki Swan, graduated from the Royal College of Music on double bass, specialising in performance. Well known on the British folk scene she is a full time folk musician performing on nyckelharpa, bagpipes and singing. Being half Swedish the nyckelharpa was a natural choice to add to her armory of instruments and is now leading the development of the nyckelharpa in Great Britain with her UK Nyckelharpa Project and spearheaded the newly formed UK Nyckelharpa Society. In addition to various duo recordings Vicki has recently published the ‘British Session Tunes for Nyckelharpa’ and also a book of Duets in the Swedish Style. Vicki also has a masters in Education (specialising in distance tuition on the Scottish smallpipes) and composes and arranges music for the nyckelharpa and other ensembles.


  • Marco Bartolini, manager of this project. During the last 10 years, Marco is in charge of the direction of the Scuola di Musica Popolare and the artistic direction of some Festivals. As a percussionist he has played Celtic, gypsy, Sephardic and Emilia Romagna folk music in different ensembles, performing live and recording about a dozen of albums.
  • Corrado Bungaro, Musician, composer, teacher. Corrado dedicates himself professionally to the creation, organization and direction of cultural events. He performs in Italy and abroad taking part in various musical projects including jazz, popular, classical, world music and experimental contemporary music.
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  • Davide Castiglia, is the manager and conductor of the school orchestra, violin teacher and member of the board at the Scuola di Musica Popolare. Though trained in classical music at the academy his attention soon moved to popular music and the musical traditions of the Mediterranean area and Eastern Europe.
  • Gioele Sindona, graduated in violin in 2006 and recently at the Conservatory “B. Maderna“ in Cesena. He has had a lot of experience in orchestral, symphonic and chamber music. He works as a teacher and assistant with Bardh Jakova in a laboratory ensemble, mostly playing traditional music of the Balkans.


  • Tim de Wijs, Tim de Wijs started playing the violin at the age of 7 and became a professional musician and music teacher after he finished his study at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Music High School). Interested in different kinds of music, he plays in several classical orchestras and ensembles as well as Jazz, Folk and Klezmer music. He also plays the Clarinet and Saxophone. He has discovered the Nyckelharpa several years ago at a concert in Stockstadt, Germany, where Oni Wytars was playing with Marco Ambrosini. Instantly he fell in love with this instrument. At the moment he uses the Nyckelharpa in ensemble “Flutamuze” for several kinds of music, including his own arrangements and compositions.(


  • Sérgio Calisto, is a cello teacher and musician from Porto, graduated in music education from Aveiro University. After finishing his classical music studies, he started to learn the nyckelharpa and playing folk music in several ensembles such as MU and Mandrágora. At the International Days of the Nyckelharpa he had the opportunity to work with Ditte Andersson, Magnus Holmström, Marco Ambrosini and Didier François. After attending a Soundpainting course with Walter Thompson he has been also studying this live composing sign language, applying it in teaching and performance.


  • Sunniva Abelli, nyckelharpa player, folk musician, singer, composer and teacher. Holds a BA from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, has studied nyckelharpa at Eric Sahlström Institutet and Stockholms Estetiska Gymnasium and has played and sung Swedish folk music all her life. At the age of 15 she got the Eric Sahlström scholarship and in 2007 she won the Youth Championship in nyckelharpa. Currently she is performing as a solo artist and with the band Tradpunkt, among others. Sunniva is much appreciated for her playing for dance and she educates adults and teenagers in folk music and nyckelharpa.,
  • Caroline Eriksson, from Trosa, Sweden holds a BA in Swedish folkmusic from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. During the fall of 2013, Caroline will supplement her academic studies in order to receive teaching credentials in music at the very same institution. Caroline's previous academic endeavours include studies at the Music Conservatory in Falun, the Eric Sahlström Institute in Tobo, the Folk Music Adult Education College in Malung and the Music Art School in Nyköping. She is performing Swedish folk music and pop/soul on nyckelharpa and violin in several musical constellations. Caroline is often hired as a musician at public events such as The Right Livelihood Award and the opening of the Swedish Parliament as well as for touring abroad with concerts and playing for dance, weddings and funerals. In 2008, Caroline received the title of riksspelman, or "National Folk Musician" of Sweden. It is a generally recognized badge of mastery for Swedish folk musicians.


  • Ana Alcaide, from Toledo. After being awarded a biology scholarship, Ana travelled to Sweden where she first laid hands on the nyckelharpa and taught herself how to play it on the streets of Toledo. In 2005 she returned to further pursue her music studies, and graduated from Malmö Academy of Music -Individual Project. Ana has played a pioneering role in introducing and popularizing the nyckelharpa in Spain, playing ancient spanish and sephardic repertoires. Her music is often described at the ‘Toledo Soundtrack’ and her last cd remained 5 months at the ‘World Music Charts Europe’.
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  • Carmen Gallego comes from Galicia, she is a professional violinist who has been graduate at the Superior Conservatory of Music at Vigo, Spain. She actually plays in a classical orchestra and she colaborates with other traditional and classical bands and groups as well as. She discovered the nyckelharpa when nature turns into green and then it began a maturing relationship step by step. She also studies nowadays traditional celtic harp at the E- Trad (Traditional Music School) at Vigo.

  • Renzo Ruggiero, Italian living in Spain. It was Renzo who first asked for a European Nyckelharpa Training, thus starting the European Nyckelharpa Cooperation. For many years he studied as a multiinstrumentalist musical repertory from Middle Ages to the present day including Italian and Mediterranean popular traditions and touring with various bands in Italy and abroad.