Biographies of various sizes for press and media releases:

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Dick Hensold is currently one of the foremost Northumbrian smallpipers in North America.  He has performed overseas, and has taught Northumbrian smallpipes at workshops in the United States, Canada, and Northumberland.  He also plays Swedish bagpipes, Medieval greatpipes, Highland pipes, recorder, seljefløyte, and low whistle, and is an active composer, studio musician and theater musician.


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Dick Hensold is a full-time free-lance musician specializing in early music; traditional music of Scotland, Ireland and Northumberland; Nordic folk music, and Cambodian traditional music. He performs on the Northumbrian smallpipes (a quiet bagpipe from Northeast England), Swedish bagpipes (säckpipa), Medieval greatpipes, Scottish Highland pipes, recorder, seljefløyte (Norwegian willow flute), low whistle and traditional Cambodian reed instruments.  He has played the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Folk Festival, and the Lowland and Border Piper's Society Collogue (Peebles, Scotland).  He has taught Northumbrian smallpipes at workshops in the United States, Canada, and Northumberland. “Dick Hensold is a master piper with an exquisite touch.”  -City Pages, April 26, 2007


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Dick Hensold (B.M., Oberlin Conservatory) is a free-lance musician specializing in four genres: early music, celtic music (specifically the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Northumberland and Cape Breton Island), Nordic folk music and Cambodian traditional music. He performs on Northumbrian small-pipes (a quiet bagpipe from Northeast England), Medieval greatpipes, Scottish Highland pipes, Swedish bagpipes, recorder, seljefløyte (Norwegian willow flute), low whistle and traditional Cambodian reed instruments.  

One of the foremost Northumbrian smallpipers in North America, he has performed in both Scotland and Northumberland, and has taught Northumbrian smallpipes at workshops in the United States, Canada, and Northumberland.  He has played the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Folk Festival, and the Lowland and Border Piper's Society Collogue (Peebles, Scotland). He is principal composer and arranger for the Celtic-oriented quartet Piper's Crow, and also performs with several other folk groups and as part of a traditional Cambodian ensemble. He released his solo CD, Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes, in August 2007.


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Dick Hensold (B.M., Oberlin Conservatory) is a freelance musician specializing in early music, traditional music of Scotland, Northumberland, and Cape Breton Island, and Cambodian traditional music. He performs on Northumbrian small-pipes (a quiet bagpipe), Montgomery smallpipes (an historical smallpipe), recorder, medieval greatpipes, Swedish bagpipes,  traditional Cambodian reed instruments, seljefløyte, and low whistle.   He is currently the foremost Northumbrian smallpiper in North America, has performed in both Scotland and England, and has taught Northumbrian smallpipes at workshops in the United States, Canada, and Northumberland.

Hensold has regularly appeared as recorder soloist with the Twin Cities-based baroque orchestra Lyra Concert since 1986, also appearing with the Chicago Early Music Consort, Ex Machina, Circle of Sound, and the Minnesota Orchestra. His research interest in early Scottish music resulted in a lecture and concert appearance at the 1997 Lowland and Border Piper’s Society collogue in Peebles, Scotland.  The proceedings of this conference, along with Hensold’s 2 other related papers, were published as “Out of the Flames” in 2004.

He is principal composer and arranger for the Celtic-oriented quartet Piper's Crow, and also performs with several other folk groups and as part of a 4-piece traditional Cambodian ensemble. He released his solo CD, Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes, in August 2007. 

He is a 2006 Bush Artist Fellow.


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Dick Hensold is a full-time free-lance musician specializing in early music; traditional music of Scotland, Ireland and Northumberland; Nordic folk music, and Cambodian traditional music. He performs on the Northumbrian smallpipes (a quiet bagpipe from Northeast England), Swedish bagpipes (säckpipa), Medieval greatpipes, Scottish Highland pipes, recorder, seljefløyte (Norwegian willow flute), low whistle and traditional Cambodian reed instruments. He has taught Northumbrian smallpipes at workshops in the United States, Canada, and Northumberland.

Early music: A recorder and early music major at Oberlin Conservatory, he has appeared as recorder soloist with the Twin Cities-based baroque orchestra Lyra Concert since 1986, and also appeared with the Chicago Early Music Consort, Ex Machina, Circle of Sound, and the Minnesota Orchestra.  His research interest in early Scottish music resulted in a lecture and concert appearance at the 1997 Lowland and Border Piper’s Society collogue in Peebles, Scotland.  The proceedings of this conference, along with Hensold’s two other related papers, were published as “Out of the Flames” in 2004.

Traditional Scottish, Irish music: He played in the band Way Up North from 1993-7 (self-released CD in 1995) and has been principal composer and arranger for the bagpipe-oriented quartet, Piper’s Crow, since 1998 (released CD in 2006), as well making numerous solo and duo appearances.  He released his solo CD, Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes, in August 2007.

Cambodian traditional music: He played with the New International Trio, an ensemble that mixed Cambodian, folk, early music, and jazz, from 1986-2007. They released a CD in 1988 on Atomic Theory records.  Also Rak Smey Khemera (Light From Heaven), a traditional Cambodian group that released a CD in 2001. 

Theater: He has worked on a number of projects at the Children’s Theater Company, The Guthrie, Theatre de la Juene Lune, and others, on several of which he served as music director.  One project, Ruth MacKenzie’s Kalevala, released a CD on Northside Records in 1998.

Composition: He is composer-in-residence at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, providing music for a contemplative service, and has been commissioned to produce 14 pieces for Northumbrian smallpipes, flute, and strings for workshops in Northumberland, England.

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