About Robin Rolfhamre

Robin Rolfhamre


Robin Rolfhamre (Professor of Music Education, MMus, PhD, University of Agder) is a lutenist, guitarist and researcher born in Sweden in April, 1986. Following his doctoral dissertation The Popular Lute: An Investigation of the Function and Performance of Music in France between 1650 and 1700 (UiA, 2014; supervisors: Prof. Per Kjetil Farstad and Prof. Michael Rauhut) he has continued to study Early Modern music (c. 1400–1700) from an inter-human and social perspective focusing particularly on self-expressive acts, communication (particularly through rhetoric and social psychology) and performance practice. His interdisciplinary ambition is particularly shown through his book Informed Play: Approaching a Biology and Concept of Tone Production on Early Modern Lute Instruments (Norway: Cappelen Damm Akademisk/NOASP, 2018).

Dr Rolfhamre has published articles in international, peer-reviewed academic journals and has produced several CD recordings as a performing artist. Between 2016–2018, he was appointed Editor in Chief for the Norwegian Journal of Musicology Online now renamed as Norwegian eJournal of Music Research, and between 2015–2018, he was Editorial Board Member of Studia Musicologica Norvegica.

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Dr Rolfhamre has received several scholarships and awards, including Agder Academy of Sciences and Letters’ Research Prize for Young Researchers, Vest-Agder County Council’s Artist Scholarship and The Norwegian Arts Council’s Artist Scholarship (Diversestipend). He is an elected member of the Agder Academy of Sciences and Letters.

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He is involved in several projects and organisations, such as the REMP: Reconfiguring Early Modern Performance (Organiser), Research Group for Song Lyrics, Early Modern and Modern Research Group and the Art in Context research platform.

Dr Rolfhamre was previously appointed conductor and musical leader for the Norwegian Flute Ensemble and he has had concerts in multiple European countries with internationally acclaimed artists.

Dr Rolfhamre is a Pyramid Historical Strings Artist and he plays Lauri Niskanen instruments.