Trailblazing award-winning virtuoso harpist with a radiant personality
Originally from Switzerland and now based in London (UK) Helena is rapidly gaining reputation as a virtuoso harpist with a unique creative and driven spirit, praised for her imaginative, insightful playing, communication on and off stage and her engaging personality. She is a fervent ambassador for the harp as a solo instrument and is championing an original repertoire of her own transcriptions of masterworks as well as of original harp gems she wants you to discover.
Helena 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.
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.
Helena is in high demand as a musician and collaborator. She was the solo harpist for “Sensory Symphony” in collaboration with Guildhall Live Events, the only harpist for the Britten-Pears Young Artist “Composition and Performance Course” 2019. She frequently collaborates on the creation of new contemporary pieces on the London scene, as well as a session recording “harpist extraordinaire” for Soundbetter. 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 Firsts programme.
Helena has already been invited to play for numerous festivals, among which the LIFT Festival, the Curious Festival, Culture Mile, Fetes de la Musique in Switzerland and the postponed 2020 Aldeburgh Festival.
She has appeared live on the radio and has been interviewed on Resonance FM as part of the “Sounds Promising” podcast and gave an online interview for “Applause to the Musician”. 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, RemotePerformer and is working for the Age UK charity for the well-being of dementia patients.
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, Bitesize Proms and the Echt Gallery, bringing the harp in new contexts and connecting with a young global audience.
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 to create enchanting musical experiences. She has been selected as a Guildhall Creative Entrepreneur 2019/20 to build and launch this business. Stay tuned for more news here.
Conscious of the positive impact of music in one’s personal development Helena is a dedicated teacher and founder of the London Harp Studio which fosters values of honesty, curiosity and respect. She is also a reviewer for the American platform RADDA.
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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