Trailblazing award-winning virtuoso harpist with a radiant personality and entrepreneurial creativity
Originally from Switzerland and now based in London (UK) Helena is rapidly gaining reputation as a virtuoso harpist with a unique creative and free spirit, praised for her insightful, memorable playing, communication on and off stage and her engaging personality. A fervent believer in carving her own path as an entrepreneurial musician outside of the traditional competition one, Helena is a trailblazing ambassador for the harp as a solo instrument. She is championing a repertoire of her own transcriptions of masterworks as well as of original harp gems she invites you to discover. After the success of her single release which was featured in Spotify “New Classical Music” playlist, she is now working on her first full solo album to be released in late 2022. Through her enterprise MUSILUX she is working on redefining classical concerts as immersive experiences. Helena is proud to have been selected for the DEBUT Horizon scheme from 2022 onwards.
Helena graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with the highest honours where she studied with Imogen Barford. 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. As a principal harpist she toured with the Philharmonie der Animato Orchestra throughout Europe with a final concert at the Vienna Konzerthaus. She has played and been interviewed live on radio for Resonance FM as part “Sounds Promising” and as the first harpist ever to be a Westfield Presents Artist she has performed at the biggest Westfield centre in Europe.
Helena is in high demand as a harpist and collaborator. She was the solo harpist for “Sensory Symphony” in collaboration with Broadgate, the only harpist for the Britten-Pears Young Artist “Composition and Performance Course” 2019. Despite the pandemic she made her West End debut with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra last December while giving concerts for Age UK Camden.
Passionate about promoting the harp to a wider audience and challenging the perception of classical music, she is the founder of MUSILUX, an innovative enterprise which produces immersive concerts combining classical music and video projections. She has been selected as a Guildhall Creative Entrepreneur 2019/20 and Tuning in! Artist in partnership with MDW Vienna to build and launch this creative enterprise.
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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The Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust (2022)
HMUK Postgraduate Award (2018 + 2019)
Guildhall Harp Prize – Special Prize (2019)
Barbara Stringer Scholar (2018)
Henry Wood Trust (2018)
Chizel Educational Trust (2017)
Kathleen Trust (2016)
Irène Dénéréaz Fondation Awards (2014 + 2015)
Paderewski Award (2014)
SUISA Foundation Award (2013)
1 st prize at the Swiss Youth Competition (2013)