Interview - Frans Helmerson

Interview - Frans Helmerson

Frans Helmerson's interviews

26 min Cello

Produit par la Saline royale Academy en février 2021 à Arc-et-Senans.

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"Later, Helmerson tells how important and inspiring it was to work alongside Rostropovich, playing some concertos under his direction (as Dvořák, Britten or Prokofiev).
Regarding his role as a teacher, he says that he tries “to make students hear music from another angle that has not to do with the technique so much”, and that he plays very little during class, so as not to influence the student so much, and because he believes that “it's much better if they can discover it from my words and then using their imagination”.
At the end, he affirms that he uses references from the theater or literature, when teaching: “I pretty often actually talk to students about if you're an actor or actress on stage. Of course, I don't mean at all that they should make theater on stage, but how clearly you have to talk or if you talk with low voice, for example, and how you have to find you are--I am this personality, so to speak in as a social person”.
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Frans Helmerson

Frans Helmerson

I think it is good to know about the situation that the composer lived in, of course, and what influences he or she had and so on. But it's more what I read in the music, actually, that tells me the story, I think.

Frans Helmerson

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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