I believe that every student is different and needs different content and strategies to help them progress and teach their full potential. In a typical lesson I incorporate many different aspects of playing such sound production, technique, rhythm, repertoire, sight reading, music theory, improvising, exercises and so on. My aim is for the student to not only progress but also enjoy their musical journey, so choice of repertoire is something we would always discuss together for example.
Originally from Switzerland and having done all my university education in the UK I am equally at ease to teach in French and English.
I am a recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Bmus Hons First class degree and MMus Distinction.
I have won many prizes in the UK and abroad, have performed throughout Europe. I have learnt from the best harpists and with more than six years of private teaching experience I would be more than happy to pass on the knowledge and tradition of harp playing to you.
• 1st prize at the Swiss Youth Competition
• Help Musicians Postgraduate Award (2)
• Guildhall Harp Prize – Special Prize
• Barbara Stringer Scholar Holder
• Irène Dénéréaz Fondation Awards (2)
• SUISA Foundation Award
• Guildhall School Trust Scholarship (4)
• Henry Wood Accommodation Trust
• Chizel Educational Trust
• Kathleen Trust
• Paderewski Award
• Westfield Presents Artist (2017-current)
• YCAT Project Mentoring Scheme (2019)
Wigmore Hall / Barbican Concert Hall / LSO St-Lukes / Milton Court Concert Hall / Palacio Festivales de Cantabria / Centro Botin Santander / HM Treasury Mansion / Courtauld Gallery / Théâtre de Beausobre / “Le Bleu Lézard” / Château de Blonay / London St-James Sofitel / Chelsea & Westminster Hospital / Oxford & Cambridge Club / Westfield Shopping Centre White City / IBACUS International Harp Course / London City corporate events / Curious Festival
Britten Pears Young Artist “Composition and Performance” (1st harp)
LPO Foyle Future First (reserve)
EUYWO European Union Youth Wind Orchestra (1st harp, invitation)
Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestral Academy (reserve)
Orchestre de la Francophonie Canada (1st harp, invitation)
Philharmonie der Animato Orchestra, Austria + Europe (1st harp)
Encuentro de Santander Orchestra Freixenet, Spain (1st harp)
Taylor Mac “History of American Music” Barbican LIFT Festival (1st harp)
London Musical Theatre Orchestra (1st harp – cover)
Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, Esa-Pekka Salonen
Young Orchestra East cond. Gustavo Dudamel, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Orchestre Symphonique “Bande Son”, Switzerland (1st harp)
Orchestre de l’Académie Ozawa, Switzerland, Seiji Ozawa (1st harp)
Helena is a reliable, organised and knowledgeable harpist. I have enjoyed collaborating with her on projects, as she is open-minded, trustworthy and committed to excellence.
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