I first saw and heard a Hurdy Gurdy in Budapest, Hungary, in 2012. I immidiately fell in love with the completely unique sound. When I came home I started to learn more about the instrument, and to save up for one.
My Hurdy Gurdy was built by Billy Horne in Turku in 2008, and I bought her in 2013. The Hurdy Gurdy is one of the coolest, if not the coolest, instrument in existance. This is an instrument with huge personality, so I decided to name her Hildegard after the medieval polymath Hildegard of Bingen.
I mostly play on her while performing with my band Ratatosk, but I also love to experiment with other kinds of songs and styles. Please check out Ratatosk's music videos if you are interested in listening to what a Hurdy Gurdy sounds like.
My teacher is the great Johannes Geworkian Hellman in Stockholm, Sweden. Check out his stuff if you're interested in Hurdy Gurdy music. I've studied also for Marianne Maans in Turku, Finland, with focus on learning Fenno-Swedish folk melodies.