The winner of the scholarship is selected by the board of Dalarnas Spelmansförbund (Fiddlers’ Association of Dalarna) which is chaired by Pontus Selderman. The purpose is to help promising young folk musicians finance a journey to the USA where he or she has the opportunity to interact with Swedish-American folk musicians.
“seeking with subtle musicality new forms of expression in traditional folk music, folk songs and other related genres.”
”Präglad i Leksands musikskolas framgångsrika fiolutbildning och Dalarnas Spelmansförbunds ungdomsverksamhet söker hon med finstämd musikalitet nya uttrycksformer inom traditionell folkmusik, visa och andra näraliggande genrer”.
Klara Bond was five years old when she started to play violin in a Suzuki-group in her hometown Leksand, Sweden. Then, just over a year later, she started studying at the music school in Leksand. The mix of friends, teachers and music made it fun and she still thinks of the people from the music school as her second family.
After this, she went to high school in Falun to study Swedish folk music. During her time in Falun, she performed and led musical groups. She also traveled with and played in different ensembles. Before she started at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm this year, she spent one year at Lunnevads College to study music.
“At the Royal College of Music, I have time to focus on my fiddle playing, to develop my creative side, and for the first time, I’m writing my own music,” says Klara.