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Hellen Weiß

Hellen Weiß | Violinist

“It's Hellen Weiß's natural approach which contrasts with her remarkable talent. There's no trace of pretense, nothing is mannered or artificial. And this may well be the secret of her success. With every performance she reveals a part of her personality...” DIE WELT

Hamburg born violinist Hellen Weiß started her extensive performing career at the age of sixteen. As a soloist she performed with leading orchestras such as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra San Marco Pordenone, the North Bohemia Philharmonic Orchestra and the Collegium Musicum Basel in renowned concert venues such as Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Berliner Philharmonie, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Stadtcasino Basel, Rudolfinum Prag and Berwaldhallen Stockholm.

Furthermore she received the EMCY Art for Music Prize, the Eduard-Söring-Prize from “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben” (for string quartet) and, as a pianist, the Steinway-Prize for piano. She regularly performs at music festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Mendelssohn Festival Leipzig, “Heidelberger Frühling” Festival, in the concert series “Resonanzen” Siegburg, European Weeks Passau, German Forum New York, concert series “Spectrum” Villa Musica and “Teatime Classics” at Laeiszhalle Hamburg.

Since the age of twelve Hellen Weiß has also been a passionate chamber musician. During her intensive work in string quartets she has perfomed concerts in Germany, France and the Czech Republic. Furthermore she participated in the chamber music project “Young Artists & Friends” with members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Her chamber music partners included Nils Mönkemeyer, Nicolas Altstaedt, Maximilian Hornung, Lauma Skride, Gustav Rivinius, Emil Rovner, Benjamin Moser and Gabriel Schwabe.

Her solo and chamber music performances have been broadcasted by radio and TV stations worldwide, including NDR, SWR and Sveriges Radio.She became more and more involved in contemporary music and has worked with composers Dieter Schnebel, Juliane Klein, Charlotte Seither and Jörg Widmann among others. 

At the age of twelve Hellen Weiß enrolled as a pre-college student and studied with Shmuel Ashkenasi, Nora Chastain and Rainer Kussmaul. She received further important musical impulses from Thomas Brandis, David Takeno, Antje Weithaas and the Artemis Quartet.  

She teaches at the “Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber” Dresden and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln/Wuppertal and has given masterclasses in Germany, Spain, South Korea and New Zealand.

Since 2017 Hellen Weiß is artistic director of the “VIVO! Musikfestival Hamburg”. She plays a Matteo Goffriller violin from 1698, a generous loan from a private collection.