10:15 Friday 10 May 2013

Eminent quartet visit village hall


AN INTERNATIONALLY renowned violinist is to perform at a village hall near Ashbourne.

Harald Haugaard leads his quartet in a concert at the Gilbert Sheldon Hall in Stanton.

Haugaard began playing the violin at the age of seven, taking lessons from the local organ player in the village of Harndrup in the northwest region of the island Funen where he grew up.

Together with the folk music lessons, Haugaard also took classical violin lessons with both styles playing important roles in his life.

In 1994 Haugaard was accepted at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense. Here he studied violin and choir and ensemble conducting.

During his studies he changed from classical violin teachers to traditional folk fiddlers and with this experiment he became the first educated fiddler from the Academy.

This special education was later the platform for the real bachelor/master education in traditional and contemporary Danish folk music which the Carl Nielsen Academy now runs.

After his final exam in 1998 as fiddler and ensemble-choir conductor he was employed as a teacher with the very same course. From 2000 to 2005 he worked as the head of the folk music department.

As a composer Haugaard is first of all known for his compositions for his own ensembles Haugaard & Høirup and Serras. However in December 2006 Haugaard’s first orchestral piece Birth had its inaugural performance with Sinfonietta Fredericia. Haugaard performed the solo part and conducted the orchestra at the same time.

Haugaard’s style as fiddler is playful, light and elegant but also dramatic, melancholic and sometimes diabolic. He is an engaging performer of wonderful music that is full of life.

Harald Haugaard performs alongside singer, fiddler and guitarist Helene Blum, cellist Kirstine Elise Pedersen and guitarist Mikkel Grue.

The quartet is at Stanton on Saturday, May 25 from 7.30pm and tickets, at £8, are available by telephoning 01335 324021.

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