Harpist

Helena Ricci

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About Helena

Harpist
London
Public liability insurance of £1 million
Charismatic virtuoso harpist with panache

"A natural storyteller" "Sensitive, elegant, refined playing - a true artist to behold" "Intelligent transcription, every note mattered” Helena is an award-winning virtuoso harpist with a charismatic personality, praised for her communication on and off stage. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Helena has the ambition to spread classical music and present the harp as a solo instrument to wider audiences. A recent graduate from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with the highest honours, Helena has appeared solo at prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Milton Court, LSO St-Luke’s, Centro Botin with the Encuentro de Santander Academy in Spain. She toured with the Philharmonie der Animato Orchestra throughout Europe with a final concert at the Vienna Konzerthaus. This Summer 2019 Helena took part in the prestigious Britten-Pears “Composition and Performance Course”, was selected for the Orchestre de la Francophonie in Canada, the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra EUYWO in Luxembourg and also as a reserve for the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Academy in Germany and London Philharmonic Orchestra Foyle Future First Artist. She was one of the ten European musicians to be selected for the Tuning In Artist Programme in Partnership with the MDW University of Vienna, Mica Austria and the European Union. Helena has already played for numerous festivals, among which the LIFT Festival, the Curious Festival, Culture Mile, Fetes de la Musique in Switzerland and has recently been invited to take part in the Aldeburgh Festival in 2020. Willing to promote the harp to a wider audience and to challenge the perception of the harp as a solo instrument she is the founder of MUSILUX, the world’s first classical harp and production company. She has been selected as a Guildhall Creative Entrepreneur 2019/20 to bring this innovative and thrilling project to life. Helena has won many awards and is grateful for the support from the Help Musicians Postgraduate Awards, Irene Denereaz and SUISA Foundations, Henry Wood Trust, Chizel Educational Trust, Kathleen Trust and Guildhall School Trust.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I require car parking close to venues
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Acoustic
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Transcription, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

BEST OF SELECTION
ROMANTICS
ALBENIZ - Asturias
CHOPIN - Waltz in B minor
GODEFROID - Etude de Concert in Eb minor
LISZT - Nightingale
PAGANINI - Caprice 24 (arr. Mchedelov)
PIAZZOLLA - Libertango
PROKOFIEV - Romeo & Juliet: Dance of the Knights
SCHUMANN - Vogel als Prophet
SPOHR - Fantasy in C minor
TARREGA - Recuerdos de la Alhambra
BELOVED FRENCH
DEBUSSY - Clair de lune
DEBUSSY - Valse romantique
HASSELMANS - Follets
RENIE - Ballade Fantastique
TOURNIER - Au matin
BAROQUE BEADS
BACH - Prelude & Fugue in C minor
BACH - Toccata & Fugue in D minor
DAQUIN - the Cuckoo
RAMEAU - Rappel des Oiseaux
SCARLATTI - Sonatas K77, K213
SPICIER POP AND JAZZ
Alice in Wonderland
Einaudi - Una mattina
Everybody loves somebody
I got rhythm
Jeux interdits - romance
Beatles - let it be
Lover, comes back to me
Ne me quitte pas
O Perfect love
Pink Panther
Tea for Two
Tiersen - Comptine d'un autre ete (Amelie soundtrack)
Yiruma - River flows in you
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I will always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up 45 minutes in advance to allow enough time to meet you, confirm last minute details, tune the harp and get ready for your event.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Yes for London zone 1-2. Outside of these, additional charges may vary.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

None at all - my instrument is played acoustically so I don't need any equipment. If it is raining then I will need full cover or to perform indoors as my instrument is valuable and could be damaged.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests have an amazing time. However, I am definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special piece you like, there is an additional fee of £85 - taking into account learning and rehearsal time. I would kindly ask you to give me 10 days' notice for a song request so that I can perform it to my usual high standard.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I am known for my virtuosic playing, original repertoire, charismatic personality and great communication skills.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed throughout Europe in venues and acclaimed festivals, such as Wigmore Hall, Barbican, LSO St Luke's, Palacio de Festivales in Spain, Guildhall, Mansion House, Westfield Shopping Centre, Vienna Konzerthaus, City of London churches and corporations, and many more!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I listen to a lot of classical music of course by players like Víkingur Ólafsson, Martin Fröst, Xavier de Maistre, but also French Chanson like William Sheller, Pink Martini, pop music by the likes of Stromae, Yodelice, Rihanna, and lots of movie soundtracks lately.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I have performed with critical acclaim at high-profile events for celebrities, VIP galas and select dinners. Some of my recent concerts include solo appearances at Wigmore Hall, playing for the Mayor of London at Mansion House, Annual Sugar Association, BNP Paribas Annual banquet, Centro Botin Anniversary in the presence of its architect Renzo Piano (Shard).

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£300
Up to 1 hour£400
Up to 2 hours£480
Up to 3 hours£560