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Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson studied in Göteborg, Rome and London with G.Vecchi, G. Selmi and W. Pleeth, as well as having had the benefit of the guidance and support from M. Rostropovitch.

Frans Helmerson has performed with many of today’s finest conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Colin Davies, Neeme Järvi, Evgeni Svetlanov, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Herbert Blomstedt, Sergiu Comissiona, Frübeck de Burgos, Kurt Sanderling and Mstislav Rostropovich as well as with a number of the major orchestras, touring throughout Europe, the USA, South America, Asia and Australia.

Helmerson’s love for chamber music led him to take the position as artistic director of the Korsholm Festival in Finland 1994-2001, and he is frequently appearing at a number of international festivals, such as in Verbier, Prades, Naantali, Kuhmo and Ravinia. In 2002 he formed the Michelangelo String Quartet with Mihaela Martin, Stephan Picard and Nobuko Imai.

Frans Helmerson has earlier held a professorship at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. He now teaches as guest professor at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin and as professor at the Kronberg Academy Masters.
Frans Helmerson has recorded concertos by Dvorak and Shostakovich, the Brahms Double Concerto with violinist Mihaela Martin and the Bach Solo Suites among others.

Press quotes

“Un Grand Viking blond, Frans Helmerson, le must des Violoncellistes.”
~ Nice Matin, Aurore Busser, January 2005

“Frans Helmerson´s playing has all the qualities of true mastership.”
~ Correspondenten, Per-Olof Backman, May 2004

“Frans Helmerson´s feeling for the characteristic combination of yearning and distance was quite exquisit.”
~ Svenska Dagbladet, Tony Lundman, January 2003