Helena Ricci

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2019

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Harp

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Website: youtube.com/user/saxgajinx

Helena Ricci is an award-winning harpist currently studying for her Masters degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama as a recipient of the Barbara Stringer Award.
Recent concerts include playing Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro at the Wigmore Hall, concerts in the Barbican Hall, Milton Court, the Courtauld Gallery and London city churches. She performed in the Centro Botin with the prestigious Encuentro de Santander Academy, where she took part in multiple recitals commemorating Debussy’s centenary. In November she toured with the Philarmonie der Animato Orchestra throughout Europe with a final concert at the Vienna Konzerthaus. Helena has played for Seiji Ozawa, Gustavo Dudamel, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Marin Alsop. She joined the BBC Virtual Orchestra to play at the BBC Proms in 2016. In her early teens Helena was the soloist in Handel’s Harp Concerto in Bb Major. She was selected to feature in Taylor Mac’s sold-out shows at the Barbican during the LIFT festival 2018 and featured in the Curious Festival. She was the guest artist for the IBACUS International Harp Course 2018. She is also the first harpist ever to be featured as a Westfield Presents Artist. Helena is currently creating a new innovative project: the «Harp Imaginarium».
This year Helena has been selected as a Britten-Pears Young Artist for the “Composition and Performance Course” as a BPYA, for the Orchestre de la Francophonie in Canada, for the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra 2019 and is a reserve harpist for the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Academy.
Helena has won many awards and is grateful for support from the Help Musicians Postgraduate Awards, Irene Denereaz and SUISA Foundations, Paderewski Award, Henry Wood Trust, Chizel Educational Trust, Kathleen Trust and Guildhall School Trust.

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.