Nyckelharpa in Music Schools - The Beginning

Interview with Anders Liljefors by Ditte Andersson

How it All Started with Swedish Folk Music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH)

A Personal Retrospect - by Ole Hjorth
Traditionally, the only music you could study at music schools of all sorts, from the very start up to college level, was classical music. In Sweden, this started to be offici¬ally questioned in the 70’s, with official reports and changes as a result. These official changes were the result of the work of many pioneers, people who acted up to their convictions, and, thus, made an impact on the system. In many cases this was possible because they were ”bilingual”, they knew classical and folk music equally well, which gave them leverage to bring about changes. Two of these pioneers are presented here:
Anders Liljefors, who, together with his friend and colleague Mats Kuoppala, was among the first, if not the first, to bring nyckelharpa into the municipal music school around 1968 (Nyckelharpa in music schools).
Ole Hjorth, who was responsible for the creation of the folk music educations at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (How it all started . . .).
We had a conference about this subject with Ole Hjorth and Sven Ahlbäck in Tobo, January 2010

Ditte Andersson (Sweden)

Ditte Andersson is a musician with one foot in Swedish folk music and the other in a mix of genres, like Scots traditional music, rock and blues. She is an accomplished nyckelharpa player, fiddler, singer, composer and story teller. Her aim, as an artist and composer, is to create music in the borderland between folk and popular music, in an acoustic, small-sized format. In 1980, Ditte was awarded the title of "riksspelman" (i.e. awarded the Silver Zorn Badge). Ditte can be heard on the CD Återvunnet (AWCD-63, ). Ditte is also an experienced teacher on a free-lance basis, and works regularly at Eric Sahlström-institutet and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She obtained her degree from the same college (Master of Education in Music, main subject Sw. Folk Music, corresponding to 240
ECTS credits).