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 worldwide.
He is best known as one of the premier (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 lifelong 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 another festival, 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 12 years ago from a maker in Catalonia named Sedo Garcia. He feels that learning the Hurdy Gurdy is a process that never ends but his first teacher was Marc Egea from Catalonia. Others who have influenced and inspired his music are Sir Nigel Eaton, Efren Lopez, German Diaz, Mathias Loibner, Tobbie Miller, Marc Egea, and Abel Garcia.
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 have 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, and 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.