Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19, 1st movement

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19, 1st movement

Serguie Rachmaninov

Frans Helmerson's masterclasses

English 34 min Cello

Produced by the Saline royale Academy in February, 2021 at Arc-et-Senans.

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Frans Helmerson

Frans Helmerson

In 1971 he won one of the most famous music prizes for cellists, the Cassado Competition in Florence.

Born in 1945 in Sweden, he began playing the cello at the age of eight. After studying in Gothenburg, Rome and London with Guido Vecchi, Giuseppe Selmi and William Pleeth, he received particular support and advice from Mstislav Rostropovich.


His solo career began in Stockholm, then he joined the greatest orchestras across the five continents, playing with the leading conductors of our time - Seiji Ozawa, Colin Davies, Neeme Järvi, Evgeni Svetlanov, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Herbert Blomstedt, Sergiu Comissiona, Rafal Frübeck de Burgos and Kurt Sanderling.


His passion for chamber music has led him to numerous festivals, including the International Umeea-Korsholrn Festival in northern Sweden and Finland. He has performed in Verbier, Prades, Naantali, Kuhmo and Ravinia and now works regularly as a conductor with Scandinavian orchestras.
He also teaches at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, where he is based, and at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid. He taught at the Villecroze Music Academy in 2012, 2014 and 2020.

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