Award-winning Swiss harpist from London
"A classical harpist following her own path"
"Characterful, insightful, mesmerising playing - a true artist to behold"
"Intelligent transcription, every note mattered"
Having recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with the highest
honours where she studied with Imogen Barford, Helena Ricci is rapidly gaining reputation
as a virtuoso harpist with a unique personality, praised for her communication on and off stage.
Recent solo appearances include venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall,
Milton Court, LSO St-Luke’s, St James Piccadilly, Centro Botin with the prestigious
Encuentro de Santander Academy in Spain. She toured with the Philharmonie der
Animato Orchestra throughout Europe with a final concert at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
This Summer 2019 Helena took part in the prestigious Britten-Pears “Composition
and Performance Course”, was selected for the Orchestre de la Francophonie in
Canada, the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra EUYWO in Luxembourg and also
as a reserve for the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Academy in Germany and the London
Philharmonic Foyle Future First programme. Recently she was selected among
musicians of all genres across Europe for the Tuning In! artist programme 2019/20 in
partnership with the MDW Vienna University, Music Austria and co-funded by the European Union.
She is the first harpist ever to be selected as a Westfield Presents Artist and has
performed in the biggest Westfield centre of Europe.
Helena has already played for numerous festivals, among which the LIFT Festival, the
Curious Festival, Culture Mile, Fetes de la Musique in Switzerland and
will to take part to the Aldeburgh Festival in 2020. She has appeared live on the radio
and been interviewed on Resonance FM as part of the “Sounds Promising” podcast.
She gave an exclusive online interview for “Applause to the Musician”.
Passionate about promoting the harp to a wider audience and challenging the
perception of the harp as a solo instrument she is the founder and artistic director of
MUSILUX, an innovative project which blends solo classical music and video
projections. She has been selected as a Guildhall Creative Entrepreneur 2019/20 to
build and launch this new business. Stay tuned for more news here!
Helena has won many awards and is grateful for the support from the Help Musicians
Postgraduate Awards, Irene Denereaz and SUISA Foundations, Henry Wood Trust,
Chizel Educational Trust, Kathleen Trust and Guildhall School Trust.
Helena plays a uniquely red pedal harp, manufactured by David Harps in Switzerland
in the bucolic village of Sainte-Croix where luxury Swiss watches are made.