were taking place in Österbybruk 16-17 June 1990. Österby Folkdanslag arranged the competitions. Gunnar Ahlbäck and Anders Söderberg - two of the men who initiated the nyckelharpa stämma back in 1975 decided that it was time start a competition for nyckelharpa players.
It was Gunnar Fredelius idea to name it "the World Championships". He was inspired by the fact that Eric Sahlström was often called the World Champion. The competition was thought to make propaganda for the instrument as well as the men and women who participated. The name would also point out that even if it originally was played in this small part of the world; it is now being played in several countries in all continents.
Members of the Jury were Chairman Gunnar Ahlbäck, Anton Jernberg, Professor Jan Ling, Sigurd Sahlström and Curt Tallroth.
There was a very high quality at the starting field.
On modern nyckelharpa: Andersson Ditte, Berglund Ragnar, Bernström Rickard, Gille Hasse, Hedlund Peter "Puma", Hertzberg Ola, Hogmark Esbjörn; Hogmark Sture, Johansson Olov, Södergren Kurt and Thalén Roland,
On "gammelharpa" : Bergman Arne, Björn Björn, Catarina Björn, Gille Hasse, Hedlund Peter "Puma", Johansson Olov, Jörpeland Ingvar, Landström Kjell, Nordfors Anders, Södergren Kurt,
A couple of them participated in both classes.
Olov Johansson, born 1966 in Tärnsjö, Uppland,
has played nyckelharpa since the age of 13. For most of us he was unknown
up to this point. He knocked the jury as well as the audience of their
feet. He won in both classes. That is something no one has ever been able
Olov and his teacher Curt Tallroth. Photo Gunnar Fredelius
Jury: Gunnar Ahlbäck, Sigurd Sahlström, Anders Liljefors och Curt Tallroth.
Modern nyckelharpa: Alpsjö Leif, Andersson Ditte, Berglund Ragnar, Hedlund Peter "Puma", Hertzberg Ola, Hogmark Esbjörn, Hogmark Sture, Lindqvist Jane, Mattsson Anders, Roswall Niklas,
Hasse Gille was announced the champion in the Gammelharpklassen while Peter Puma Hedlund became the "modern" nyckelharpa champion
Anders Mattsson got the most votes as "the favourite"
Anders Mattsson receives his price handed over by Gunnar Fredelius. Photo: Per-Ulf Allmo
Photos: Per Ulf Allmo - taken from a magazine..
The gammelharpa class
Kjell Landström, Styrbjörn Bergelt,
.Esbjörn Hogmark and Curt Jinder - sorry no pictures from the occasion
Per Furå, Lena Jörpeland. Bengt Andersson, Ingvar Jörpeland.Modern class
Bo Lindström, Nicklas Rosvall, Sture Hogmark , Ola Hertzberg, Peter Puma Hedlund, Ditte Andersson and Anders Mattsson
Anders said "I´ve been in the army. I have had wisdom teeth drawn out, I´ve gotten married - and then I get into this kind of thing" and then he began to play.
Then Per Furå (above) came back, now to play modern harpa. And so did Esbjörn Hogmark
Jury: Nisse Nordström, Curt Tallroth, Ole Hjort, Gunnar Ahlbäck and Gunnar FredeliusThe audiences favourite
Anders Mattson became a second time winner of the title
and thereby the winner of a Zither. We should have asked Gottfrid Johanssons
Music Shop for another price this year - just in case...
The winner in the old harpa class, the gammelharpa class , was Lena Jörpeland. She had left the day before, but wisely she had asked the singer Eva Tjörnebo to be her stand in, in case she would win. So Eva received the prices and sang the "winners tune" for an enthusiastic audience.
The jury fully agreed with the audience and gave the title in the modern class to Anders Mattsson. He played his "winners tune" with his daughter clinging to his leg.
Jury: Nisse Nordström, Curt Tallroth, Ole Hjort, Gunnar Ahlbäck and Gunnar Fredelius
Congratulations to Anders and Lena!
1996 in Österbybruk
see separate page here
Stockholm 30/5 1998
Björn Björn won the gammelharpa class and Markus Svensson from Älmerud near Vänersborg in the western part of Sweden won the title in the modern class.
Marcus also won the price were the audience votes.
1999. The Österby championships for youth
The Tobo Eric Sahlström Institute students of 1998-1999. Third from the right is Anna-Kristina Widell. Photo Esbjörn Hogmark
The first championships for young nyckelharpa players was held in Österbybruk. Where else? To participate you are up to 21 years old. The first winner was Anna Kristina Widell from Borås. The surcumstances is the same as in the World Championships. That is you play two tunes in front of the audience and a jury. One winner is selected - there is no second or third place.
Anna.Kristina has specialised on the Wallin tradition, but has a broad register.
In the past the nyckelharpa was played almost exclusive in northern Uppland, but here we could see the evidence that so is not the case anymore. Surprisingly not one single player came from that region!
First in line was David Eriksson from Vindeln in Västerbotten. He played a kontrabasharpa - and he played it in the old fashion way. That is he used the drone traditionally and not in a way you often see on mora- and kontrabasharpas. It is just two different styles. It is not that the jury put one of them before the other! He also played "Trollrikepolska" on a modern nyckelharpa
Next was Josefina Paulsson from Sala who let us listen to a "fresh" and "well performed "Home from Gesunda" by Eric Sahlström and "Byggnan" by Byss Kalle.
Magnus Dürr from Huddinge - a "polska after Mats Edén" and a "slängpolska" from Småland. "Clear and nicely" played.
Ellinor Pettersson from Sollentuna north of Stockholm also had chosen Home From Gesunda, followed by another of Eric Sahlströms compositions "Stugan". Very high class and skilfully.
Emilia Amper from Torsås in Värmland - "Min levnads afton" after Hjort Anders a polska from dalecarlia. Played in a delicious and beautiful way. Not performed as a copy of the original, but as it should be, in her own way. A very fine sense for the rhythm and with strength underneath the surface.
Elin Skoglund from Upplands Väsby had already been seen in the World Championship. A solid style. "It sound like nyckelharpa" when she plays, one member of the jury said. It would be strange if it did not, but we see what he meant. No doubt we will see more of her in the future!
Anna-Kristina Widell from Borås. Two Polskas. The way she played them, they were certainly masterpieces. So thought the jury as well as the audience.
Jury:Peter Puma Hedlund, Sigurd Sahlström, Curt Tallroth, Nisse Nordström, Gunnar Ahlbäck and Gunnar Fredelius.
The Gammelharpa class
First we could enjoy Ola Hertzberg playing his moraharpa shaped kontrabasharpa with a moraharpa pegbox..
Sven Nordin is also called "mr. Österbyharpa". And Österbyharpa he played. We were happy to see him there - of some reason he had not participated before.
Anders Nordfors came next. He is perhaps best known for his formidable kontrabasharpa plying, but he also plays silverbasharpa, witch we could see today.
Christer Wesström is a man who grow up with some a the legendary old timers. He plays on a silverbasharpa build by Spel Oskar Larsson.
Björn Björn, who became champion in 98 was followed by
and Jan SahlbergModern class
Anna-Kristina Widell, Christer Häggmark, Per Gustav Jernberg, Sture Hogmark, Ditte Andersson , Esbjörn Hogmark, Ellinor Pettersson, Peter Puma Hedlund, Ola Hertzberg, Tommy Lindholm, Henrik Eriksson , Elin Skoglund and Anna Wingård
Nordström, Peter Puma Hedlund and Birgitta Dahl.
Daniel Pettersson from Boliden won the
gammelharpa class and
1999. The Österby championships for youth
Anna Jönsson. .
Ben Lagerberg Teitelbaum, USA.
David Eriksson, Vindeln, Västerbotten.
Hannes Jönsson, Kalmar.
Anna Christina Widell handed over the prices to David.
The Tobo students 2000 - 2001.
tävlar individuellt och
i två klasser - gammelharpa
och modern nyckelharpa.
Uppspelning sker inför publik och jury.
bedömer fyra huvudpunkter.
2. Speltekniskt utförande. Allmän skicklighet, tangentteknik, stråkföring, melodigestaltning samt tonbildning.
3 .Folkmusikaliskt utförande. Stil, ornamentik, tradition, takt, tempo, bordunspel, dubbelgrepp etc.
4. Musikaliskt uttryck. Spelmansmässighet, gestaltning (frasering, variation) samt helhetsintryck.
Österbybruk, 1992 Skansen,
1994 Linköping, 1996 Östebybruk,
*=World Champion, **= Dubble World Champion
Alpsjö Leif 92 m, 98 m,
ERIC SAHLSTRÖM was reffered
publikens favorit vanns
1992 och 1994 av Anders
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Photo EH Esbjörn Hogmark, PUA Per-Ulf Allmo, EF Erik Fredelius and GF Gunnar Fredelius.