In 1971 he won one of the most famous music prizes for cellists, the Cassado Competition in Florence. In 1971 he won one of the most famous music prizes for cellists, the Cassado Competition in Florence.
Frans Helmerson
Teacher
Jury
Instruments: Cello
Nationality: Swedish

Born in 1945 in Sweden, Frans Helmerson began playing the cello at the age of eight. After studying in Sweden, Rome, and London under the tutelage of Guido Vecchi, Giuseppe Selmi, William Pleeth, and later from Mstislav Rostropovich.

His solo career began in Stockholm, Sweden. Since the early days of his career, he has performed with some of the most esteemed orchestras across the five continents, performing with 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. Presently, Helmerson works regularly as a conductor with Scandinavian orchestras.

As an educator, he 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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Participated to academies:
Istanbul International Music Academy from september 10th to 13th 2022
Académie musicale de Villecroze from march 16th to 25th 2022
Ravinia Festival: Program for Piano and Strings from june 20th to 22nd 2022
Verbier Soloists & Ensembles from july 10th to august 1st 2022
Sion académie (Suisse) Académie internationale d'été de musique Tibor Varga from august 9th to 13th 2022
Kronberg Cello Masterclasses 2022 from september 25th to october 3rd 2022