Teachers of the European Nyckelharpa Training

Marco Ambrosini (Italy/Germany)

Marco Ambrosini was born in Forli, Italy, and lives now in Hatzfeld, Germany.

He studied violin and viola, music theory, music history and composition in Ancona and Pesaro. 1982, he founded the ensemble "Oni Wytars" together with Peter Rabanser, and 1991 together with Katharina Dustmann the "Katharco Consort". He is composer and performs as a soloist in many international ensembles for early and contemporary music all over the world.

Marco Ambrosini is considered one of the pioneers in the rediscovery of the nyckelharpa (key fiddle) outside Sweden and of its use in different styles of music outside the Swedish nyckelharpa tradition. He discovered the nyckelharpa in the 80s. He fell in love with it and made it his main instrument. He published several books on the nyckelharpa repertoire.

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Marco Ambrosini. nyckelharpa

Ditte Andersson (Sweden)

Ditte Anderesson lives in Uppsala. She is a musician – nyckelharpa player, fiddler, singer, composer. She plays Swedish folk music and a mix of genres, with the aim to create acoustic music in the borderland between folk and popular music. She is part of Uppland folk scene and has learned from all the old Nyckelharpa players. She has her degree as Master of Education in Music, main subject Swedish Folk Music. For more than 20 years she has worked as a freelance musician and music teacher amongst others at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Tobo (Sweden) at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.

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Ditte Andersson, nyckelharpa

Jule Bauer (Germany)

Vocal studies (main focus on medieval music) with Diane Severson and Franziska Schäfer-Vondru (Frankfurt). Master courses in singing with Cornelius Reid and Carol Baggott-Forte at Dr. Hoch's conservatory of music (Frankfurt) and with Montserrat Figueras at the academy of music Trossingen.

Study of nyckelharpa at the Scuola di Musica Popolare di Forlimpopoli (Italy). First graduate of the "European Nyckelharpa training”. Study of musicology and music pedagogy at the J.W. Goethe university Frankfurt am Main. Since 1995 she has been performing international concerts and recordings with the ensembles Helut, Sava, Triskilian, Asfur and Oni Wytars. Since 2003 she has been teaching at different courses for old music (medieval music), traditional music and world music. Since 2009 teacher for nyckelharpa at the academy Burg Fürsteneck (Germany) and the Scuola di Musica Popolare di Forlimpopoli (Italy). Actually she is about to publish a nyckelharpa book for beginners.

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Jule Bauer, nyckelharpa

Didier François (Belgium)

Didier François studied violin with Myriam Quersin (successor of Arthur Grumiaux), Brussels, composition with Daan Manneke, Amsterdam, jazz with Philip Catherine. He workes as musician with violin and nyckelharpa amongst others together with Stefane Grappelli, Gabriel Yacoub, Gilles Chabenat, Renaud Garcia-Fons. He is composer for ballet, film, theater and for his various projects with his ensemble. Today Didier François is also specialized in polyphonic playing of solo nyckelharpa. 

Twenty years ago he started a new way of holding the nyckelharpa and he created an original technique to play in a relaxing way. He plays lots of different music stiles outside the folk tradition. Currently he is writing a book "How to Play Nyckelharpa in a Polyphonic Way".  Didier François is also sculptor.

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Didier François, nyckelharpa

Annette Osann (France/Germany)

Annette Osann is a professional violin maker trained in Mittenwald and Hamburg and, since 1998, specializing in building nyckelharpas in her own workshop.

Annette Osann's career is a symbiosis of nyckelharpa making and nyckelharpa playing. She performs as a soloist on nyckelharpa. Annette interprets baroque music on the nyckelharpa and adapts the nyckelharpa to the baroque sound. She plays on a nyckelharpa with gut strings.

Annette plays in the following ensembles:

  • Nyckelharpa, organ and percussion
  • nyckelharpa and baroque cello
  • nyckelharpa consort
  • "Le Insolite Note" (nyckelharpa, cello, voice, organ)
  • "NyckelharpaQuartett"
  • Nyckelharpa, clarinet and guitar
  • Nyckelharpa Network Orchestra
  • CADENCE ensemble
  • ENCORE ensemble

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Annette Osann, nyckelharpa maker, nyckelharpa teacher, nyckelharpa soloist



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