With her ‘brilliance and poignance’ (The Strad), London-born Helena Baillie is emerging as an artist of exceptional communicative depth and a rare ease on both violin and viola. A prizewinner in international competitions including the Munich ARD, Banff and Tertis, Helena has performed throughout Europe and the United States, where her performances are regularly broadcast on Performance Today for American Public Radio. Helena has collaborated in chamber music with such eminent musicians as Pinchas Zukerman, Midori, Steve Doane, Ralph Kirshbaum, the Tokyo Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio. Her love of chamber music has taken her to the La Jolla Summerfest, Tucson Winter Chamber Festival, and the Kronberg Festival in Frankfurt, among others.
From 2010-12, Helena was honored by an Artist Fellowship at Bard College in Annandale-on Hudson, New York. During her residency, she produced and performed Bach Among Us, a collaborative project with dancers of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. In an unconventional staging that removed the traditional divisions between artist and audience, Helena invited audience members to share the stage with performers, creating a warm and immersive concert experience.
Helena is committed to outreach and education, and has traveled across the globe to engage new audiences under the auspices of Midori’s Music Sharing Foundation. She performs regularly at prisons and appears for New York-based Music Kitchen, a program that brings top musicians together to share the inspirational, therapeutic and uplifting power of music with disenfranchised New Yorkers.
Helena graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied violin with Arnold Steinhardt and viola with Roberto Diaz. Isaac Stern, Felix Galimir, and Leon Fleisher guided Helena in chamber music, and she spent a year in Berlin studying with the eminent violist Wilfried Strehle. Helena's violin was made by Collin Gallahue in 2012, and her viola is a 2009 Samuel Zygmuntowicz.