Helena Ricci

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Harp

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Website: www.youtube.com/channel/UCV3IdxHSTgVf5eINWE1Xxhg

Helena Ricci is a talented young classical harpist and composer studying at the renowned Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London under the tuition of Imogen Barford. 

An experienced player, she has performed under the baton of renown masters Seiji Ozawa, Gustavo Dudamel, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pietari Inkinen and Marin Alsop. She joined the BBC Virtual Orchestra which played at the BBC Proms in 2016. Still in her early teens she was the soloist in Handel’s Harp Concerto in Bb Major in Switzerland. Helena has since given many concerts in Switzerland, France and the UK, in venues such as the Barbican Concert Hall, LSO St-Luke’s, Milton Court Concert Hall, Mansion House, HM Treasury Churchill Room, Théâtre de Beausobre, Château de Blonay, London St-James Sofitel and numerous city Churches. She has recently been selected as a Westfield Presents Artist and as a member of the prestigious ‘Encuentro de Santander’ in which she will be taking part this Summer. 

She has also received masterclass guidance from Catrin Finch, Sylvain Blassel, Sivan Magen, Marielle Nordmann, Chantal Mathieu and Bryn Lewis among many others. Her deep interest in counterpoint and fugue leads her to compose music influenced by the compositional practices of the Baroque masters’. 

Helena is most passionate about promoting the harp and classical music to young, wider, and diverse audiences. She is currently leading her own innovative project “the Harp Imaginarium” that blends classical music with state of the art video projection technology. 

Among other prizes, she won 1st prize at the Swiss Youth Competition, received the Paderewski and the Suisa Foundation Awards. Helena is most grateful for the precious support from the Guildhall School Trust, the Henry Wood Trust, the Chizel Educational Trust, the Irène Dénéréaz Fondation and Help Musicians UK.