Artist Profiles: Knut Hamre

Knut Hamre

Knut Hamre was born in 1952 in Granvin, in Hardanger. He is one of Norway’s leading Hardanger fiddlers, and has created a distinctive mode of expression. His fiddle playing was influenced primarily by two teachers: Anders Kjerland from Granvin and Eivind Mo from Telemark.

Hamre himself has also been involved in teaching young fiddlers for many years, in addition to pursuing an active career as a performing artist, with solo concerts in Norway and abroad.

He won the first prize at the National Contest for Traditional Music for the first time in 1974, and has since won several more times. He is the only person to win that many first prizes in modern times. He was also awarded the King’s Trophy in 1981. His powerful and lyrical interpretations of fiddle tunes have made him a central figure in the West Coast tradition, and in addition to the awards already mentioned, he has received a number of grants.

In 2000 Knut Hamre received the Anders Kjerland Memorial Prize. In 2017 he was appointed commander of the Order of St. Olav for his oustanding work in Norwegian folk music.


* Nøringen, with Leif Rygg (Grappa Musikkforlag (MC) HK 7005, 1980)
* Norwegian Folk Songs Grieg Op. 66 &72, with Geir Botnen and Reidun Horvei (Simax PSC 1102, 1993)
* Fargespel (Grappa Musikkforlag HCD 7092, 1993)
* Høgdepunkt frå Landskappleiken (Grappa Musikkforlag HCD 7103, 1994)
* Norsk Folkemusikk 7 (Rogaland og Hordaland) (Grappa Musikkforlag GRCD 4067, 1995)
* Meisterspel, with various artists (Grappa Musikkforlag HCD 7132, 1997)
* Devil’s Tune, with various artists (Grappa Musikkforlag HCD 7139, 1998)
* Toneflaum, with Bjarne Herrefoss and Hallvard T. Bjørgum (Sylvartun SYLVCD 6, 1998)
* Å, with Steve Tibbetts and guest artists Turid Spildo, Marc Anderson and Anthony Cox (Hannibal/Rykodisc HNCD 1438, 1999)
* Håstabøslåttar, together with Åse Teigland and Frank Rolland (1999)
* Rosa – Botnen, with Benedicte Maurseth (Heilo, 2006)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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