Frans Helmerson

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Frans Helmerson (born 1945) is a Swedish cellist, pedagogue, and conductor.


Helmerson was born in 1945 and by the age of 8 began playing cello. Later on, he studied with Guido Vecchi in Götheborg, Giuseppe Selmi in Rome, and with William Pleeth in London.[1] His first concert was in Stockholm, Sweden after which he went on to travel throughout Europe, Asia, United States, and Russia. He has performed under many conductors, including Sir Colin Davis, Maxim Shostakovich, Neemi Järvi, Evgeny Svetlanov, Gennadi Roshdestvensky, Kurt Sanderling, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Rostropowitsch, Herbert Blomstedt, Seiji Ozawa, Yuri Temirkanov und Esa-Pekka Salonen and many others.[2] In 2002 he founded the Michelangelo String Quartet in which he regularly performs worldwide, together with Mihaela Martin, Daniel Austrich and Nobuko Imai.[3][4][5]

Helmerson for many years has taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, as well as at Escuela Superior Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid. He was also guest professor at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin, and currently teaches at the Barenboim-Said Akademie[6] in Berlin and the Kronberg Academy[7] in Frankfurt. His recording of the Dvorak Concerto at the BIS Records label was praised by critics as the best classical recording available on the market. Also to a great critical acclaim, he released two cello concertos by Shostakovich, along with conductor Valery Polyansky and the Russian State Symphony Capella.[8]


  1. ^ "Frans Helmerson". Musical World. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  2. ^ "Frans Helmerson". Retrieved October 27, 2013.
  3. ^ Michelangelo Quartet, Perth Concert Hall | Herald Scotland
  4. ^ "Change of festival pace but the quality remains in abundance". Herald Scotland, 7 September 2015. Kate Molleson
  5. ^ "Too many weak moments for the skilled Michelangelo String Quartet". Washington Post, By Charles T. Downey November 8, 2015
  6. ^ "Frans Helmerson". Barenboim-Said Akademie. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  7. ^ "Frans Helmerson". Kronberg Academy. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
  8. ^ "A few words about Frans Helmerson". Verbier Festival. Retrieved October 28, 2013.