After placing first at the Gaudeamus International Interpreter’s Competition in 1996, Helen is active as a soloist, ensemble player, teacher, improviser and author. As a soloist and full member of Cologne’s renowned contemporary music ensemble Musikfabrik, she has premiered works by numerous composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Brian Ferneyhough, G.F. Haas, David Lang and Louis Andriessen. She has given courses world-wide and teaches at the Conservatory of Bremen (Hochschule für Künste). Her writing has been published by Fluit Magazine (official publication of the Netherlands Flute Association), Contemporary Music Review, Pan (journal of the British Flute Society), and Flute Talk Magazine.
As a soloist Helen has appeared in many well-known festivals such as Warsaw Autumn, the Dartington Summer Festival, Nordic Music Days, and the Takefu International Music festival in Japan. Other memorable performances include several appearances in the Sound Ways Festival of St. Petersburg (Russia), the Festival de Música Contemporánea in Morelia, Mexico, and a benefit concert for the Buddhist Temple Ustuu Huree in Chadan, Tuva (That’s Siberia, folks, just north of Mongolia!).
Her broad musical education, beginning age 9 with the harpsichord, comes from various places on the globe:
Post-graduate studies include an Artist Diploma with distinction from the Amsterdam Conservatory with Harrie Starreveld and studies in Carnatic (South Indian Classical) music with Jahnavi Jayaprakash in Bangalore, India.
She earned a BA (Bachelor of Arts) summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with Bernard Goldberg. There, with members of the University Collegium Musicum, she also studied recorder and traverso. Later she earned her MM (Master of Music) from Indiana University, Bloomington (with Peter Lloyd and Kate Lukas), where she also attended David Baker’s Jazz course.
Between formal studies, Helen has had the privilege of studying with Robert Dick and Aurèle Nicolet (Banff 1993).