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.