Sunniva Abelli

Sunniva Abelli
Sunniva Abelli - nyckelharpa, performing artist and composer


nyckelharpa composition
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  • country:Sweden
  • region:Scandinavia
  • style(s):Folk, Scandinavian
  • label:not signed
  • type:Solo
  • gender:female
  • instrumentation:vocal, string
  • artist submitted by:Abelli, Sunniva

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  • Sunniva Abelli (SE) (nyckelharpa, vocal)


Sunniva Abelli is a Swedish nyckelharpa player, singer and composer of contemporary folk music with roots in Nordic traditions. She is known for her poetic lyrics and dynamic, groovy playing and she has developed an unique style in using feet, voice and dancing while playing the nyckelharpa. Sunniva Abelli is considered to be one of the most important nyckelharpa players in Sweden and released her debut CD Framåt! (Forward!) in November 2014.

”Forward! The will that cannot be stopped. I bow down my head and prepare – I tried to reach for this moment for so long and now I´m here, ready to go further on, to follow the heart beat.

"One step forward and two steps back
Just today I cannot promise anything
I will take one day at a time
I will stay in my song a little while"

Reviews Framåt!
”4,7 out of 5 stars” (Jan Hocek,

"Beautiful, unique and expressive" /Spelmannen

”…I think Sunniva Abelli wants to show that she is allround. And there is no doubt that she succeds, also as a singer, when she alternate between the octaves almost as easy as Emma Härdelin. Sometimes it sounds like Abelli is standing in the kitchen, practicing on her nyckelharpa, because sometimes the playing is almost a bit nonchalant skilled. Not too technical and absolutely sensitive…” (Bengt Edqvist, Lira music magasine)”