Community Spotlight

Sergio Gonzalez

Sergio’s Website – Zanfoneando

Sergio Gonzalez comes from the Catalonia region of Spain but his appeal in the Nerdy Gurdy community, and the much larger hurdy gurdy community in general, is world-wide.

He is best known as one of the premiere (and SUPER fun) hurdy gurdy teachers and he reaches thousands of players through his YouTube channel and his own website (above), as well as being an active member of most hurdy gurdy interest forums on the internet.

Sergio is a life-long musician, having been a classical pianist for 25 years and counting. He first saw a hurdy gurdy when he was only 6 years old, at a festival in a very small town near his father’s village in Spain. Many years later, at a festival, probably much like American Renaissance festivals, Sergio again saw a hurdy gurdy and immediately knew that he wanted to become a professional hurdy gurdy player.

He bought his first hurdy gurdy 10 years ago from a maker in Catalonia, named Sedo García. He feels that learning the hurdy gurdy is a process that never ends but his first teacher was Marc Egea from Catalonia. Other people who have influenced and inspired his music are Sir Nigel Eaton, Efrén Lopez, Germán Diaz, Mathias Loibner, Tobbie Miller, Marc Egea, and Abel García

When asked about his musical accomplishments, Sergio says,

”I play quite a lot of instruments from different traditions, Afghan Rabab, Turkish Baglama, Bagpipes, flutes, percussion, harp etc… and composed for Movies and videogames”

He currently has 6 Hurdy Gurdies and an “endless list” of other instruments. He likes playing a bit of everything and owns a huge collection of instruments.

“Cretan Laouto, Cretan Lyra and Nyckelharpa are next on my list”, he says.

Sergio is one of the friendliest, funniest, most approachable people I’ve met in the hurdy gurdy community. His tutorials and lessons are as much fun as they are informative. He is also a co-host for a series of podcasts by Hurdy Gurdy Cafe

I was recently privileged to help mentor Sergio as he expanded his capabilities and added a laser cutter to his workshop. He is now also a licensed kit producer so if Jaap and Fay are backed up on orders and you’re reading this from just about anywhere in Europe, he’s your guy.