Zosha Warpeha

Hardanger Fiddle Player

Brooklyn, United States

Zosha Warpeha is a Minnesota-born, Brooklyn-based violinist, composer, and Hardanger d’amore player working in a meditative space at the intersection of contemporary improvisation and folk traditions. Using bowed stringed instruments alongside her own voice, Zosha’s long-form compositions explore transformations of time and tonality. She performs primarily on Hardanger d’amore, a sympathetic-stringed instrument closely related to the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, as well as five-string violin. Her current solo work is informed by the cyclical forms, rhythmic elasticity, and the physical momentum of Nordic folk music. In 2019, Zosha was awarded a Fulbright for artistic research in Norway, where she explored the Hardanger fiddle tradition as a method of expanding her compositional and improvisational voice. Her work has been supported by the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.