Andrea Een
Andrea Een is a violist
The viola is a bowed string instrument. It is the middle voice of the violin family, between the violin and the cello.- Form :The viola is similar in material and construction to the violin. A full-size viola's body is between and longer than the body of a full-size violin , with an average...

The violin is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest, highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which includes the viola and cello....

ist and Associate Professor of Music at St Olaf College. She is a founding member of the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America and, in 2002, was awarded the St. Olav's Medal by H.M. Harald V of Norway for helping to reintroduce the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle tradition to the United States
United States
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 (in the 1980s). She was presented with the medal in Urness Recital Hall by the Norwegian
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 Consul General, Thor Johansen on 8 May 2002.

Een earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts (in violin performance and literature) at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She was won the Ole Bull
Ole Bull
Ole Bornemann Bull was a Norwegian violinist and composer.-Background:Bull was born in Bergen. He was the eldest of ten children of Johan Storm Bull and Anna Dorothea Borse Geelmuyden . His brother, Georg Andreas Bull became a noted Norwegian architect...

 Award (from the eponymous academy in Voss, Norway) in 1987, and was accredited as a Master Folk Artist Teacher by the Minnesota
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 State Arts Board in 1998. Een is the granddaughter of Norwegian immigrants and grew up in Mankato, Minnesota
Mankato, Minnesota
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. She has had poetry and essays published, and has composed a number of pieces for the Hardanger fiddle, including "President Thomforde's" March which was performed for the first time during St Olaf College's Inauguration Weekend, April 2000.

In 20 January 2007 Een demonstrated the Hardanger fiddle at the Highview Lutheran Church
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