Free-spirited award-winning virtuoso classical harpist
Originally from Switzerland and now based in London (UK) Helena recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with the highest honours (MA Distinction, BMus Hons 1st class) where she studied with Imogen Barford. She is rapidly gaining reputation as a virtuoso harpist with a unique creative and entrepreneurial spirit, praised for her communication on and off stage.
Recent solo appearances include venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Tivoli Vredenburg, 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.
Helena is in high demand as a musician and collaborator. She was the solo harpist for Broadgate’s “Sensory Symphony” in collaboration with Guildhall Live Events, the only harpist for the Britten-Pears Young Artist “Composition and Performance Course” 2019. Additionally she 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.
She is the first harpist ever to be a Westfield Presents Artist and as such has performed at the biggest Westfield centre in Europe. Helena is affiliated with many influential artists networks such as Encore, the Dots, Nu Arts and is regularly working for Age UK charity for the well-being of dementia patients.
Helena has already played for numerous festivals, among which the LIFT Festival, the Curious Festival, Culture Mile, Fetes de la Musique in Switzerland and the postponed 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 online interview for “Applause to the Musician”. Throughout the Covid-19 lockdown Helena has been engaging with her audience online throughout livestreams, among which the prestigious Glowing Harp Online Festival in Ukraine.
Passionate about promoting the harp to a wider audience and challenging the perception of the harp as a solo instrument she is the CEO 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 business.
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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.
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