Grand Master Fiddler Championship
Grand Master Fiddler Championship

Welcome to the Grand Master Fiddler Championship!








The Forty-third Annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship was held on Saturday September 27 and Sunday September 28, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the Ford Theater. 


The Board of Directors is thrilled to announce Katrina Nickolayeff is the 2014 Grand Master Fiddler Champion. Katrina joins Mark O'Connor, Matthew Hartz, and Danita Rast Gardner as our three-time champions.


Other division winners are:

ACCOMPANIST-Anthony Mature

TRADITIONAL-Megan Lynch Chowning

YOUTH-Matthew Lin


Dr. Perry F. Harris Distinguished Fiddler AwardCharlie Daniels

Charlie Bush Traditional Fiddler Performance Award - Carl Hopkins


Over 80 individual performances took place during two days of competitions. In addition, Fiddle Frenzy led by Crystal Plohman, Blair School of Music Vanderbilt University and the award-winning Grascals bluegrass band performed for everyones entertainment in the amazing Ford Theater.


The Grand Master Fiddler Championship Inc. is organized as a Tennessee nonprofit and U.S. IRS 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, formed to educate about and perpetuate fiddling as an art form and cultural treasure. The corporation's primary focus is holding the annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship competition - an event that has started many young musicians on their way to a career in music. As a 501(c)(3) entity, all donations are tax deductible, and we welcome your support to promote and educate about fiddling. Fund-raising efforts are being planned in order to expand the competition, enhance our educational efforts, and to further the awareness of fiddling around the globe.


It is a well-known fact that fiddling laid the foundation of the WSM Grand Ole Opry and reamins important to country and bluegrass music today. For a quarter-century, the contest was sponsored by WSM, the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Association and later by Gaylord Entertainment.  When financially able, the GMFC makes donations to such charities as the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund and Bluegrass Trust Fund, which benefit musicians in need.  We do this in honor of the contributions of the pioneers to country, bluegrass and traditional music.   Many of these pioneers such as Roy Acuff, Porter Wagoner, "Uncle Jimmy" Thompson, Bill Monroe, Howdy Forrester and Tommy Jackson played the fiddle or were very involved with fiddling.


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