Kristian Bugge was born in 1979 in Næstved, Denmark. His family lived in Sweden for two years, then settled in Vejle in Eastern Jutland, Denmark. He attended a Rudolf Steiner School where, when asked in the fifth grade which instrument he would like, he chose the violin. Soon the two of them were inseparable. His mother, Lise, found a local music school offering ensemble playing for young people and that was where Kristian first met traditional music. He was fascinated by the catchy tunes, the close connection between music and dancing, and the spontaneous joy of playing among other young musicians, an experience which was to decide the direction of his musical career. He experienced music as a means of communication unhindered by national or cultural borders while travelling with the youth ensemble Fandango.
After graduating from school, Kristian studied five month at Raduga Art College in Moscow where he was taught by Mikhail Tsinman, the first violinist of the Bolshoi Theatre. In the spring of 2000, he went to study at the Malung Folk High School, Sweden. Here he received six month of lessons in traditional dance from Ami Petterson followed by fiddle classes with the distinguished Swedish fiddler Kalle Almlöf.. It was an inspiring year which again confirmed his love of traditional music. He spent the Spring of 2001 in beautiful Stockholm, Sweden and later that year he was admitted to the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense, Denmark as a major in folk music.
In 2004 Kristian Bugge became the first musician ever to receive the Radium Award, awarded by the Danish Radio P2. His debut CD was awarded “Danish Debut of the Year” and “Danish Folk Instrumentalist of the Year” at the Danish Folk Music Awards (Danish “Grammy”). At the same occasion in 2011 Kristian received the prize as Danish Folk Artist of the Year!
In 2013, his Danish Folk Big Band, Habadekuk, received the Tradition Award from the Danish Folk Music Awards.
Currently Kristian Bugge is very active on the Danish and Scandinavian folk music scene, as well as in the rest of Europe and North America, both as a musician and teacher. Kristian has specialized in the strong Danish folk music traditions, and is recognized for his work with groups like Baltic Crossing and Habadekuk. He also plays in: Wenzell & Bugge with classical percusionist Ronni Kot Wenzell, Jensen & Bugge with the accordion player Mette Kathrine Jensen. The duo received the “Tradition Award” at Danish Music Awards 2012! Lydom, Bugge & Høirup, Danish traditional trio with Sonnich Lydom (accordions, harmonicas) & Morten Alfred Høirup (guitars, vocal).
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