ERIK ASK-UPMARK - THE NORDIC HARP
Erik Ask-Upmark is one of very few harpists focusing on Nordic music on the Celtic harp. He is a sought-after performer and teacher, praised for his pedagogic skills, and has appeared at most major European harp events as well as festivals in North and South America. Recordings include two solo albums with Swedish traditional music as well as CDs with groups and projects in genres ranging from folk to heavy metal! He has been awarded the "Riksspelman" title ("official Swedish master musician") and also plays many other instruments and types of harps, including the medieval Gothic harp and the Baroque Arpa doppia. He performs early music and Nordic roots music both as a soloist and with his own groups Svanevit, Dråm and Falsobordone (as well as occasionally working with larger ensembles such as Concerto Copenhagen and Ensemble Mare Balticum) and tours all over the world.
Erik is also involved (almost) every year with the Nordic Harp Meeting which in 2019 took place in Gjøvik in Norway, and this year we move on to Albertslund near Copenhagen in Denmark. It is one of the highlights of the whole year - highly recommended!