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, Helmerson, Frans

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Sweden. The Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson studied in Göteborg, Rome and London with G. Vecchi, G. Selmi and W. Pleeth, in addition to M. Rostropovich tutorship. He has played with the most outstanding contemporary conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Sir Colin Davis, Neeme Järvi, Evgeni Svetlanov, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Herbert Blomstedt, Sergiu Comissiona, Frühbeck de Burgos, Kurt Sanderling and Mstislav Rostropovich, as well as with the most renowned orchestras touring throughout Europe, the United States, South America, Asia and Australia. Frans Helmerson’s passion for chamber music led him in 1994 to accept the position of artistic director of the Korsholm Festival in Finland, a position he held until 2001. Has participated in numerous international festivals: Verbier, Prades, Naantali, Kuhmo and Ravinia. In 2002 he formed the Michelangelo Strings Quartet with M. Martin, S. Picard and Nobuko Imai. Next season he will go on a concert tour as cellist and conductor to Great Britain, Finland, Sweden, Norway, France, Holland, Germany and Switzerland as well as to the United States, Korea, and Japan. Among his recordings, special mention merits his Dvorak and Shostakovich concertos and Brahms Double Concerto with violinist Mihaela Martin. His most recent CD with interpretations of the Bach Solo Suites will soon be released.

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