Helena Basilova
Helena Basilova


December 2005

Helena  Basilova  


Helena Basilova was born in Moscow where she began studying the piano at an early age. As the daughter of two pianists, music has always played an important role in her life. After the first years of piano education at the local music school in Moscow, Helena moved to the Netherlands at the age of seven. There she studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with pianists David Kuyken and Hakon Austbo.  In 2010 she moved to New York City to study with acclaimed Spanish pianist José Ramón Mendez at New York University.

Helena was a finalist of the Dutch YPF Competition and was awarded the 'Debut Series' in March 2008 which offered a concert tour in the most important music halls of the country. After this successful tour Helena performed concerts in Spain, Russia, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Iceland, Aruba and New York.

 Though Helena performs repertoire from all periods and styles, her Russian heritage lends her a special connection with the Russian 20th-century repertoire of  composers including Prokofiev, Rachmaninov Gubaidulina and Scriabin. In november 2011 she performed Scriabin's 9th sonata at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall and organized a night of Russian piano music at the St. Johns in the Village church in New York City.

During her years in Amsterdam, Helena developed a great love for chamber music and has worked with many ensembles and musicians. Chamber music projects for 2011/ 12 include Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, performing Beethoven's violin sonatas in San Antonio, Texas and a collaboration with the Dutch Syrene Saxophone Quartet for performances of Franck's Piano Quintet and works by the Russian composer E. Denisov. Last season Helena Basilova performed with pianist Franz von Chossy in crossover projects which featured the combination of classical music and jazz. Another project included a combination of Russian piano music and poetry by A. Ahmatova and O. Mandelstam. Helena continues to work on crossover projects with artists from a variety of fields.

Currently Helena is preparing to record a CD with piano works by S. Gubaidulina and G. Ustvolskaya.

Helena Basilova has received scholarships from NYU, Nuffic and the Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds and currently lives and performs in New York City. 

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