Amy Hakanson is a multi-instrumentalist living in Portland, Oregon. Her main instruments are the nyckelharpa, violin, Hardanger fiddle, guitar, and banjo. She studied the nyckelharpa with Olov Johansson (Väsen, riksspelman), Ditte Andersson (riksspelman), and Sonia Sahlsträm (riksspelman) at the Eric Sahlström Institute in 2014-15. Amy is trained in classical violin, and grew up immersed in American roots music, playing bluegrass fiddle with her family band. She performs both solo and with various groups frequently around the Pacific Northwest, and has recently started a Scandinavian-folk-fusion project called Varelse.
In addition to her education in Sweden, Amy is pursuing a degree in musicology at Portland State University, after which she plans to complete a degree equivalency in music therapy.