Oregon fiddler Rebecca Lomnicky wins Scottish fiddle competition!

Guest Blogger: Calum MacKinnon, Scots fiddler and teacher

On November 1st, Rebecca Lomnicky, a young fiddler from Corvallis Oregon, won the Glenfiddich Fiddle Competition held at Blair Castle in Perthshire. The Glenfiddich Competiton is the world’s most prestigious fiddle competition. Held each year at the ancestral home of the Duke of Atholl, eight competitors are chosen, by invitation only, to compete in front of an audience of 300  people and are judged by a trio of masters of the Scottish fiddling art.  This year, Rebecca was the only competitor chosen from the US. The competitors play several sets of music for about twenty minutes with expert piano accompaniment.

Rebecca Lomnicky

Rebecca in Scotland, Photo by Derek Maxwell

Rebecca has been well known in the Northwest for some time, and nationally since she won the US National fiddle Competition a couple of years ago. She is now fast becoming a household name in Scottish traditional music circles after a BBC interview.

Rebecca has been a performer at Folklife over the last few years. She was a student at the Mastery of Scottish Arts Winter Schools held in Seabeck a few years ago where Alasdair Fraser, Jerry Holland and I taught Scottish fiddle and where practically all of the bagpipe faculty were Glenfiddich Competition winners. She has now joined the ranks of world class musicians in being a Glenfiddich winner herself.

-Calum MacKinnon

Northwest Folklife is proud to announce that Rebecca Lomnicky has been included in our newest CD, Live from the 2009 Northwest Folklife Festival.  It’s available for purchase on our website and features other great musicians from this year’s Festival, including Kevin Burke, Clinton Fearon, Zoe Muth, and many more!

Listen to her track from the new Folklife compilation CD here:


This track is Rebecca’s encore performance from her stage set on the Northwest Court.  You can hear the crackling energy of a powerful set coming to a close as she throw herself into the music.  As a bonus, here’ s a video of her on that same stage at Folklife.

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