Josefina Paulson

Interview and filming, Mike Wilkins Melbourne Australia, January 2011

A modern musican with tradition, where the keyed fiddle sounds like nyckelharpa and brings an earthy taste into genres other than the traditional music. Josefina embraces the instruments many possibilities, from the roots of the Uppland tradition, to its large crown of new infuences from other cultures. A musican standing grounded in her own tradition, exploring new territory.

Josefina has played the nyckelharpa since 1992 and has been developing a deep knowledge in the traditional music from the area where she grew up, in Västmanland. She has been touring as a soloist all around the world. In 2008 she was awarded the title ”riksspelman” from the Zorn jury and in 2011 she received the honourable ”Bror Hjorth Scholarship” with the motivation ”technically brilliant, very committed performance on the nyckelharpa with both the preservation of cultural traditions and a gentle personal and creative rejuvenation”. Josefina has studied the one year course at Eric Sahlström Institutet and also have a bachelor in music, with the keyedfiddle as main instrument, at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. She was nominated as artist of the year at the "Folk and World Music Award" April 2016 and got the titel "World Champion of Modern Nyckelharpa" when she won the competition VM in nyckelharpa in Österbybruk, June 2016.

Josefina play on a nyckelharpa (1994) and a kontrabasharpa (1998) built by Hans Gille, Österbybruk, Sweden, a modern nyckelharpa (2014) made by Dan Eriksson,and use a bow made by Jean Claude Condi, Mirecourt, France

Västervåla kyrka 2014