Biography

Kristian Bugge i s one of the busiest folk musicians rooted in Danish music. He was born 1979 in Næstved, Denmark. His family lived in Sweden for two years and then settled in Vejle in Eastern Jutland, Denmark. He attended a Rudolf Steiner School where, when asked in the fifth grade which instrument he would like, he chose the violin. Soon the two of them were inseparable. His mother, Lise, found a local music school offering ensemble playing for young people and that was where Kristian first met traditional music. He was fascinated by the catchy tunes, the close connection between music and dancing, and the spontaneous joy of playing among other young musicians – an experience which was to decide the direction of his musical career. He experienced music as a means of communication unhindered by national or cultural borders while travelling with the youth ensemble Fandango.

After graduating from school, Kristian studied five month at Raduga Art College in Moscow where he was taught by Mikhail Tsinman, the first violinist of the Bolshoi Theatre. In the spring of 2000, he went to study at the Malung Folk High School, Sweden. Here he received six month of lessons in traditional dance from Ami Petterson followed by fiddle classes with the distinguished Swedish fiddler Kalle Almlöf. It was an inspiring year which again confirmed his love of traditional music. He spent the Spring of 2001 in beautiful Stockholm, Sweden and later that year he was admitted to the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense, Denmark as a major in folk music.

In recent years Kristian has met with many young European musicians, among them the members of the English/Finnish/Danish band Baltic Crossing. They were involved in the recording of Kristian´s debut album. In 2004 Kristian Bugge became the first musician ever to receive the Radium Award. The prize was awarded by the team behind the music programme Radium, which at that time was broadcast every evening by Danish Radio´s P2.

The CD was released summer 2005 and was as well enclosed the Danish “Folk & Musik” magazine in June as a present to the subscribers. It got nominated in four categories at The Danish Music Award – Folk 2006, in which Kristian received the awards as “Danish debut of the year” and “Danish Folk Instrumentalist of the year“! That was the beginning quite an impressive row of awards that he’s received both as a soloist and with his groups. To mention a few ”Danish Folk Artist of the Year” at the Danish Music Awards 2011 (Danish Grammys) and latest “Danish Folk Musician of the Year” at the Danish Music Awards 2016!

Now Kristian Bugge is very active on especially the Danish, Scandinavian and North American folk music scene, both as a musician and teacher. Kristian has specialized in the strong Danish folk music traditions, playing with groups like Jensen & BuggeKings of Polka and Gangspil. For about 10 years he played duo with the legendary accordionist, late Karl Skaarup. Kristian has a strong love to the traditional music but also really enjoy experimenting being part of crossover projects as the cooperation with classical percussionist Ronni Kot Wenzel in the very active duo Wenzell & Bugge and the exciting Danish folk big band Habadekuk.