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Kirstine Sand

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Kirstine Sand grew up in a home filled with folk music; her grandfather played the accordion and her brother played the violin. She started on the violin herself when she was 6 years old after curiously watching many of her brother’s violin lessons. After a few years she started playing for folk dancers and has since then stayed interested in traditional folk music.

In 2001 she started her professional education at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music, Funen, Denmark. At first she studied music pedagogy, but after a few years she changed her major to folk and music specifically. She has received lessons from the folk musician Peter Uhrbrand, who is originally from the Danish Island of Fanø.

Through various projects with musicians from the UK, Kirstine became interested in Scottish folk music and in 2005/06 she studied a year at the University of Newcastle. There she mainly received lessons from Catriona MacDonald from the Shetland Islands. In May 2007, Kirstine finished her education from the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music.

The band is built around the violin player Kirstine Sand. She is accompanied by Andreas Tophøj, violin, Rasmus Zeeberg, guitar, and Nikolaj Wamberg, double-bass. The repertoire is traditional Danish folk music as well as Kirstine’s own compositions.

Andreas studies at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music of Funen, and will study at The Berklee College of Music, Boston, in 2007/08. He also plays in the bands Zar and Basko, and in Tophøj/Hockings/Graubæk.

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