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.