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Harald Haugaard

Denmark

Harald Haugaard has established himself as one of Denmark's most acknowledged musicians. His compositions are contemporary, original and in his overall artistic work deeply rooted in the rich Danish musical tradition. He completed his music studies at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music, Odense where he studied violin and choir/ensemble conducting. From 2000 to 2005 he worked as the head of the folk music department at that Academy. Harald made many fans in Cape Breton performing at Celtic Colours in 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2008 in the duo Haugaard & Høirup.

Harald’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’s passionate love for music comes to life whenever and wherever he performs.

As one of this year’s Artists in Residence, Harald played a big role in the development of this year’s Nodric theme.

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