Karen Rebholz

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Karen Rebholz

Karen Rebholz

Karen Rebholz combined her interests in art, science, and music when she began to build Hardanger fiddles in 2012. She also repairs and appraises Hardanger fiddles, co-leads Fykerud’n Spelemannslag, and performs with Ladies of the Fjord. Karen holds undergraduate degrees in art and biochemistry and a Ph.D. in biochemistry, and has studied with Sigvald Rørlien at Ole Bull Akademiet in Voss, Norway. She was awarded a Vesterheim Gold Medal, and Best of Show and People’s Choice awards in 2019, and is a two-time folk arts fellowship recipient from the American Scandinavian Foundation. More information about Karen can be found at her website here

Learn more: Watch this video, Collections Connections: Hardanger Fiddles with Karen Rebholz, where Karen discuss Hardanger fiddles, the national instrument of Norway, featuring fiddles in Vesterheim's collection.

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