Fiddle, Old Time Ensemble
Mariel Vandersteel is a musician, educator, and graphic designer currently living in Boston, Massachusetts. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, Mariel has established herself as a folk musician of multiple styles. Before recording her first solo album, Hickory, Mariel moved to Norway to study the hardingfele.
Mariel has performed and taught nationally and internationally with Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, The Three Irish Tenors, Emma Beaton, Annalivia, Putnam Smith and has been a guest lecturer and performer on the hardingfele at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Musical Instrument Collection. While part of Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, the band was selected twice in 2014 and 2016 by the U.S. State Department to act as cultural ambassadors in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Montenegro, Greece and Estonia. In 2014, she participated in the Savannah Music Festival’s first Acoustic Music Seminar working with artists Zakir Hussein, Edgar Meyer, Mike Marshall, Tony Trischka, and Chris Thile.
Mariel has a Masters of Science degree in Arts Administration from Boston University and coordinates the Passim School of Music where she has taught for the past seven years.