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International days of the Nyckelharpa at castle BURG FÜRSTENECK (Germany), more than a course of playing... With Marco Ambrosini, Emilia Amper, Magnus Holmström, Ana Alcaide, Didier François, Jule Bauer, Annette Osann, Johannes Mayr. Nyckelharpa concert, conference. Keyed fiddle, key fiddle.

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11th International Days of the Nyckelharpa
at castle

October 2 - 5, 2014

3th October, evening: Conference on "Recent Developments"
4th of October, 8:30pm: Nyckelharpa Concert, entrance is free

… more than just a weekend of playing!

"Special Guests"

Nyckelharpa Builder


The nyckelharpa (Schlüsselfidel, viola d’amore con chiavi, keyed fiddel) is a string instrument played with a short bow and keys that change the pitch. Its resonance strings contribute to its unique sound. From Late Middle Ages the nyckelharpa emerged in Europe. However since the Baroque Period it has only been played in Sweden mainly around Upland as a folk instrument. Thanks to innovative musicians in Sweden, especially Eric Sahlström (1912-1986), and inspired musicians in continental Europe, the nyckelharpa is being rediscovered all over the world and being used in many musical styles.

This invitation is intended for people from everywhere with all levels of nyckelharpa experience (as well as people motivated to learn) to play, share experiences, and take lessons together.

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Instruction will be given mostly in English. Additional languages are possible depending on the teachers. Some help with different laguages is usually available by participants in the single workshops, too.

We are planning (subject to alterations):

  • Workshop for beginners and slightly advanced players
    (Some instruments are available for rent at a fee of € 50. Please don't forget to tell us at point of registration, if you need one.)

    • Jule Bauer and Annette Osann
      • Handling the nyckelharpa
      • Fundamentals of using the bow
      • Use of the left hand
      • Easy repertoire

  • Continuous Workshops with special topics for advanced players

    • Emilia Amper and Magnus Holmström
      • Traditional nyckelharpa music from Sweden

    • Vicki Swan
      • Music from Great Britain (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales)

    • Didier François
      • Contemporary music and improvisation

    These workshops can be chosen on the day. But it would help us with our planning if you indicate your preference with your application.

    • Marco Ambrosini
      • Early music for nyckelharpa - From the Middle Ages to Baroque Period
      • This course is aimed at the more advanced nyckelharpa player and requires preparation using previously sent sheet music. To make it possible for us to send you the sheet music and for you to do the preparation we ask for early application for this workshop to evers@burg-fuersteneck.de. The number of participants is limited.

  • In addition:

    • Short workshops with the other teachers fore even more sharing

    • Knowledge of the Instrument
      • Basics of building the nyckelharpa
      • Simple repairs
      • Maintenance
      • Consultation service
    • Free playing together and sharing of experience
      • Playing in different groups
      • and in different styles

    • Exposition about the nyckelharpa (Holger E. Funke - Manesse-Instrumenta, Poeta Magica)
      • History of the nyckelharpa
      • From the mora to the e-harpa
      • Opportunity to try out
      • Repairs and consultation

Planning and overall management: Marco Ambrosini and Karsten Evers

The nyckelharpa teachers:

Marco Ambrosini, Eifa/Hatzfeld (Germany), studied violin and viola, theory and history of music and composition in Ancona and Pesaro. In 1982 he founded the famous ensemble "Oni Wytars" together with Peter Rabanser and in 1991 the "Katharco Consort" together with Katharina Dustmann. He works as a soloist and composer in many international ensembles for early and contemporary music. He was the pioneer for nyckelharpa in continental Europe. In 2012, he published a book of daily exercises for the nyckelharpa.
More at: www.ambrosini.de

Emilia Amper, Torsås (Sweden), nyckelharpa player, singer and composer from Sweden. She is "riksspelman" and nyckelharpa World Champion. She has studied at several Scandinavian Music Academies and achieved two bachelor's and a master's degree. She performs solo and with various groups around the world, playing Nordic folk music and also Persian classical music, jazz and pop / rock. Together with the Trondheim Soloists, she was nominated for the World Grammy in 2010 and in 2011 she won the Norwegian Grammy. In 201 she was nominated with her debut solo CD for the Swedish Grammy and honoured as Artist of the Year at The Swedish Folk and World Music Awards. She was also winner of the Nordic composers prize NPU.
More at: www.emiliaamper.se

Jule Bauer, Frankfurt (Germany), took part in the European Nyckelharpa Training at the Scuola di Musica Popolare in Forlimpopoli (Italien). She studied the science of music at the J.W.Goethe University (Frankfurt). She has played with different early music, folk music and world music groups for several years. In 2013, Jule published her comprehansive nyckelharpa handbook "Playing Nyckelharpa . Nyckelharpa spielen" written both in English as in German.
More at:www.sonnenklang.de

Didier François, Antwerpen (Belgium), studied violin, composition and Jazz in Brussels and Amsterdam. He has performed on violin and nyckelharpa with Stefane Grappelli, Gabriel Yacoub, Michel Risler, Armand Amar. He has composed for ballet, film and theatre, is a sculptor, and he has been teaching for many years.
More at: www.didierfrancois.be

Magnus Holmström, Sigtuna (Sweden), is a professional nyckelharpa player and an experienced teacher. He studied at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Tobo and at the Royal Collage of Music in Stcokholm. In 2004, he won the Worldchampionships with “Gammelharpa” (old style nyckelhapra) and in 2006 both with “Gammelharpa” and modern nyckelharpa. In 2006, he also won the award; “musician of honour” at Burträsksvängen and in 2008 the Bror Hjorth Scholarship.
More at: www.magnusholmstrom.com

Annette Osann, Dole (France), is a trained violin maker, and since 1998 specialized in building nyckelharpas. She plays in different early and traditional music ensembles, especially baroque music. Since 2005 she has played in the Duo Arcangelo with Juliette Thiebergien, and since 2007 cooperated with Perrine Thiebergien.
More at: www.annetteosann.fr

Vicki Swan, Braintree (UK), graduated from the Royal College of Music on double bass. Well known on the British folk scene she is a full time folk musician performing on nyckelharpa, bagpipes and singing. Vicki 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. We learnt got to know and appreciate Vicki as a participant and composer by in the ENCORE project 20134. (www.encore.nyckelharpa.eu).
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Overall direction: Marco Ambrosini and Karsten Evers


International Days of the Nyckelharpa at BURG FÜRSTENECK

starts on Thursday, 2nd October, 2014 with dinner at 6:30 pm and ends on Sunday, 5th October, 2014 at 1:00 pm.

On your registration form please tell us the level of your nyckelharpa experience.An indication of special interests and/or requests will help us prepare a program suited to your expectations.

Fee € 320 - € 370 € (self-assessment including acommodation and food), reduced fee: € 205
This fee includes all tuition and program, accommodation at the castle and good and optionally vegetarian food. The "reduced fee" is for young people up to 26 years not earning any money. From 2014, the reduced price can also be granted to people who receive social benefits. Proof is required. Please check with us.

Registration or send an email to bildung@burg-fuersteneck.de

Here your can find synopsis of all our courses with music and dance,
- currently only in German ;-(

European Nyckelharpa Training

was started at BURG FÜRSTENECK in cooperation with
the Scuola di Musica Popolare di Forlimpopoli (Italy) and
the Eric Sahlström Institutet (Sweden)
If you are interessted, please write us (evers@burg-fuersteneck.de). A new group will start soon.
More Information can be found here and on the English flyer here.

"CADENCE – Cultural ADult Education and Nyckelharpa Cooperation in Europe – Teaching music to adults with special emphasis on the nyckelharpa (key fiddle)“ www.cadence.nyckelharpa.eu

"ENCORE – European Nyckelharpa Cooperation – ORchestral Experience - between European folk music and contemporary compositions"


Am Schlossgarten 3
D-36132 Eiterfeld
Tel: +49 (0) 6672-92020
Fax: +49 (0) 6672-9202-30


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