Figure: Robin Rolfhamre; photo: Thomas Andersen © 2018.
Robin Rolfhamre (Associate Professor of Classical Music, 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 (Editorial Board Member since 2018), and between 2015–2018, he was Editorial Board Member of Studia Musicologica Norvegica.
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.
He is involved in several projects and organisations, such as the REMP: Reconfiguring Early Modern Performance (Organiser), Early Modern and Modern Research Group and the Arts in Context research platform. As practising performer and scholar alike, he has three main focus areas:
- ‘Performance practice seen from a pragmatic, non-museal and inter-human perspective focusing on emotional communication’
- ‘Improvisation and ornamentation from c. 1000–1700; Extracting pedagogical models for improvisation and ornamentation’
- ‘The connection between Early Music and Traditional Folk Music (e.g. musica popolare, musique populaire and Traditional Oriental Music)’
Dr Rolfhamre is also an active conductor and composer. He 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.