C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

Winkelman, Helena 




Helena Winkelman - *27.February 1974 - was born into a musical family, her father being a Dutch/Italian flutist, her mother a Swiss harpsichord player. She showed an exceptional musical talent very early and was educated accordingly. Having won national and international violin competitions at a young age, over the last years she has become a composer with an own distinct voice. After studying the violin and starting a carreer as a soloist, performing at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Salle Cortot, Paris and the Tonhalle Zürich, she started to compose on a regular basis during a year in New York.

Back in Switzerland she studied composition at the Music Academy Basle with Roland Moser (2003- 2007 Diploma) and Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas. (2007-2008) Other musicians and composers with a great influence on her development were: percussionist and composer Pierre Favre with whom she studied for two years in Lucerne and composer György Kurtag whose masterclasses she visited on many occasions. She also took master classes with Beat Furrer and Peter Eötvös.

Helena Winkelman has received commissions from the Harvard Musical Association, Boston; the International Music Festival Davos (Crédit Suisse), Switzerland; the Music Academy of Basel, the Sinfonietta Basel, the International Society for Contemporary Music Basle, the IMS Prussia Cove, Cornwall, England; the Lucerne Festival, the Münchener chamber orchestra, the Kammerorchester Basel and many soloists like Hansheinz Schneeberger, Thomas Demenga, Dana Ciocarlie and others.

Her Compositions have been performed by the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Musikfabrik Köln, William Bennett, the Faust Quartet and the Camerata Variabile Basel, her own chamber ensemble, the camerata variabile Basel whose artistic leader she became in 2010.She also was a founding member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra with Claudio Abbado. In 2008 -2009 she was for one year in London to compose exclusively - made possible by a grant from the foundation Landis & Gyr. 2012 she received a working space in Berlin from the Kanton Schaffhausen.

Since 1998 she lives and works as a freelance violinist and composer in Basel, Switzerland.




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