15-Year-Old Alamedan Wins 2019 Grand Master Fiddler Championship

GMFC Photo    Grand Master Fiddler Youth Championship winner Miles Quale of Alameda plays in the championship at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Grand Master Fiddler Youth Champion (GMFC) for 2019 is Miles Quale of Alameda, who had placed second the past two years.

“I was pretty excited that I won,” he said. “It’s always fun to compete and play with some of the best fiddlers in the nation.”

The 15-year-old began playing at age three. He won by playing “Bitter Creek,” “Wyatt’s Waltz” and “I Don’t Love Nobody.”

Miles and his brother Teo received a special treat of playing at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday as a guest of Opry star Connie Smith.

“I’m really excited to be able to return to the Opry next year, as part of the GMFC showcase,” he said.

Other winners in descending order are:  Grace Partridge of Rigby, Idaho; Teo Quale of Alameda.; Tarquin Bennion of Sidney, Mont.; David Lin of Lexington, Ky.; Elijah Baker of Birchtree, Mo.; Baylee Sidden of Holt, Mo.; Devon Waite of Goodlettsville, Tenn.; Noah Goebel of Elkton, Ky. and Niko Quale of Alameda.

Miles won $300, a $500 gift certificate courtesy of D’Addario, and a Grand Master Fiddler Youth Champion plaque. 

The fiddlers competed for more than $12,500 in prizes. 

The Grand Master Fiddler Championship, Inc. is a Tennessee non-profit and charitable corporation, formed to educate about and perpetuate fiddling as an art form and cultural treasure.

For more information on the competition, visit www.grandmasterfiddler.com.