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Idaho fiddler wins a spot on the Grand Ole Opry stage

Idaho fiddler wins a spot on the Grand Ole Opry stage

by Carolyn Holly

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Posted on October 4, 2011 at 6:24 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 6:17 AM

Get your toes a tapping and your fingers a snapping!

An Idaho fiddler has just won one of the most prestigious competitions around.

Katrina Nicolayeff spent last Saturday in Nashville competing for the Grand Master Fiddle Champion title. SHE WON!

That’s a big deal folks. So big that Katrina got to play on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry!

She beat out 24 other fiddlers from all over the U.S. and Canada.

Some of  the songs she was asked to perform: hoedown, waltz and bluegrass. But it sounds like she really won the hearts of the judges with her final piece which was the swing tune “Lady Be Good.”

  • Katrina Nicolayeff is a four time National Champion.
  • She was born in Nampa and now lives in Meridian with her husband Alex and their son, Alexander James.
  • She began playing fiddle at the age of 18 months

And somehow, despite all the above responsibilities, she is able to proudly take the helm as the co-director of the Idaho Jr. Jammer Fiddlers.

Way to go Katrina!