JAACQUELYN HELIN
PIANIST

 

Jacquelyn Helin - PianistPianist 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 Europe.

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.

Quotes
"Helin does the composer proud. She...commands an articulate touch that can shift from bell-like sparkle to bold resonance. Her crisp rhythms and crystalline textures match the music beautifully."
- Musical America, Opus Record Reviews

"Miss Helin played with all the right flourishes and a nice technical security" - The New York Times

Residency Activities
Master Classes
Artist-In-Residence



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