Elise Wessel Hildrum
- function: musician
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- WOMEX 2016
Elise Wessel Hildrum is the Norwegian third of "Fru Skagerrak", and one of quite few Norwegian folk flute players. She grew up playing mostly classical music, but “discovered” the world of folk music at the age of 20. As a recorder player it was natural for her to learn the norwegian “sjøfløyte” (sea-flute) tradition from Numedal. This has been the core of her repertoire through several years of folk music studies, two years in Rauland and then four years at the Norwegian Academy of Music (as the only one to date to have done a folk music performance degree on the flute). She is twice winner of the flute category in the national Norwegian folk music competition. Elise also plays the fiddle, and can often be found in the middle of a jam session at festivals both at home and abroad.
After finishing her folk music degree, Elise has been working as both flute and fiddle teacher, both at workshops and seminars and with private pupils. She is also a member of OsloFOLK, which organizes folk music concerts in Oslo at the venue Riksscenen. In addition to this she has been studying languages part time at the University of Oslo and speaks both Spanish and French, in addition to Norwegian and English.