BIOGRAPHY - HELENA GOURD, FLUTE

 

As an orchestral flautist, Helena works with orchestras including the Halle Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Opera House, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Opera North and and English Chamber Orchestra.

She has performed as guest principal flute with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Northern Ballet and is currently on trial for principal flute at English National Ballet, as well as sub-principal with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

Throughout 2016, she was a member of the Southbank Sinfonia with whom she performed in venues such as the Barbican, Glyndebourne, Cadogan Hall and the Notre Dame in Paris.

Helena studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Pole Superieur de Musique et Danse in Bordeaux with Karen Jones, Sam Coles and Jutta Pulcini. She was winner of the RAM Flute competition in 2013 as well as the Violet M Wallace award and the Joyce Anne Beckett Prize. She was a 2014 winner of the Philharmonia Orchestra Martins Music Scholarship Fund, winning the June Alison Woodwind prize.

With a keen interest in contemporary music, a definite highlight during Helena's studies was performing Stockhausen’s “Gruppen” with the RAM’s Manson Ensemble and the London Sinfonietta at the Festival Hall.  She was also accepted onto the 2014 London Sinfonietta Academy and recently performed with French contemporary ensemble Proxima Centauri in their “The Young Generation” showcase. In September 2016, Helena performed Memoriale by Pierre Boulez for a broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

As a soloist, she gave her London recital debut in May 2015 alongside pianist Timothy End in the Royal Festival Hall. Helena performed regularly throughout London and across the UK as part of flute and harp duo, Icaria, with harpist Catherine Derrick before Catherine embarked upon further studies in Oslo. They spent a year as Tunnell Trust Artists touring across Scotland, giving workshops and recitals in places such as the Isle of Skye.

 

Brought up on the West Coast of Scotland, she began her studies with Louise Glanville and Sheena Gordon. Helena currently lives in south west London and divides her time between orchestral freelancing across the UK and teaching. She is currently teacher of flute at the Lady Eleanor Holles School for Girls.

 

 

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