Harald Haugaard has established himself as one of Denmark's most acknowledged musicians. His compositions are contemporary, original and 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 has made many fans in Cape Breton performing at Celtic Colours over the years in the duo Haugaard & Høirup, with his wife, singer Helene Blum, and as Artist in Residence with Kimberley Fraser in 2013. 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. In addition to performing with Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard, Harald will also be performing in trio with guitarist Mikkel Grue and percussionist Sune Rahbek.