Jacquelyn Helin consistently wins acclaim for her vibrant and musical
playing of a wide-ranging repertoire. Recent concerts have drawn
standing ovations and rave reviews, such as that of The Sacramento
Bee:: "..Like the work of the late and great Lili Kraus,
Helin's performance has strength, and her understanding of the music
at hand is profound." Versatile and articulate, Ms. Helin enjoys
communicating with audiences of all ages in a variety of settings.
Selected by Musical America as one of the Young Artists
of the Year, Ms. Helin made her European debut at London's Wigmore
Hall, where she won critical praise for her "rare musical instincts"
and "refined technique." As winner of the Artists International
Competition, she played her New York debut to a sold-out audience
in Carnegie Recital Hall. Ms. Helin has performed both in recital
and with orchestras in the major musical capitals of Europe and
the United States, including London, Paris, Nice, Zurich, New York,
Washington, Chicago and San Francisco. She presents master classes
and appears as Artist-in-Residence at numerous colleges and festivals.
Radio broadcasts of her performances are heard regularly on National
Public Radio and major stations throughout the United States and
Applauded for her "lucid, highly expressive" interpretations
of contemporary music, Ms. Helin frequently collaborates with composers
on performances and premieres of their works. She played the world
premiere of Joan Towser's Piano Concerto and regularly performs
Leonard Bernstein's piano concerto, "The Age of Anxiety."
Ms. Helin is particularly identified with the works of Aaron Copland
and Virgil Thomson, with whom she worked closely. A featured artist
in the nationally televised PBS special honoring Thomson on his
90th birthday, she has made the world premiere recordings of many
of Thomson's works. Her latest recording of his music was released
on the New World label and has been spotlighted on NPR's "Performance
Today." Ms. Helin is currently working on a recording project
of the music of Vernon Duke, a contemporary of George Gershwin,
to be released by Naxos.
Recent concerto performances have included re-engagements with
the Richmond and Mesa Syphonies, as well as appearances with the
Greeenwich, Santa Fe, San Juan, and Redwood Symphonies. A Steinway
artist, Ms. Helin has been presented in recital on Vladimir Horowitz'
Steinway, as well as on the pianos of Horowitz, Paderewski, and
Cliburn. Steinway also sponsored her all-Gershwin recital on the
Gershwin commemorative piano.
Ms. Helin's performances during 1999-2000 have included the Tschaikowsky
Piano Concerto with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, a concert
of Beethoven Sonatas, a recital celebrating Shakespeare's birthday
with mezzo-soprano, Janice Felty, chamber recitals with 20th Century
Unlimited, The Taos Music Group, Haydn Festpiele International,
NMSO oboist, Darrel Randall; as well as a performance of Stravinsky's
The Rite of Spring for the Santa Fe Festival Ballet. Upcoming
engagements include concerts celebrating Copland's 100th anniversary,
a concert of the music of Bartok, and numerous solo recitals.