The first nyckelharpa championship for youth
players was held in Österbybruk. Where else? To participate
you can be up to 21 years old. The first winner was Anna
Kristina Widell from Borås. The circumstances are 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 she also playes in different styles..
In the past the nyckelharpa was played almost
exclusively in northern Uppland, but here we could see the evidence
that such 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 fashioned 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 Sahlström's
compositions "Stugan". 'High-classed and skillfully'.
Emilia Amper from Torsås in Värmland
- "Min levnads afton" after Hjort Anders a polska from
Dalarna. 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
Elin Skoglund from Upplands Väsby had already
been seen in the World Championship. A solid style. "It sounds
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!
Widell from Borås. Two Polskas. The way she played them,
they were certainly masterpieces. So thought the jury as well as
Jury: Peter Puma Hedlund, Sigurd Sahlström, Curt
Tallroth, Nisse Nordström, Gunnar Ahlbäck and Gunnar Fredelius.