Swiss flutist, Helena Macherel, is a versatile musician who enjoys her career as a soloist and chamber musician, in Europe and in the United States. At the age of nineteen, she was awarded the Paul Streit Prize of the Concours de Genève.
Praised for her “luminous musicality”, she had the opportunity to record three new CDs in 2021, including “Dances for flute and Harp” with label Orpheus Classical. During the same year, she became a member of Verbier Festival Orchestra, and was invited to perform as a soloist on several occasions, notably with the Fribourg Chamber Orchestra. Last October, one of her recitals was broadcasted on Austrian radio (ORF) and she premiered Martin Skamletz' flute concerto. Since 2020, she has been engaged on tour with the 2B Company for "Giselle...", a performance that combines the arts (music, dance and theatre).
Over the years, she was awarded 1st prize of International Anton Rubinstein Competition Berlin (Germany), 3rd Prize of Maxence Larrieu International Competition (France), and 1st Prize of Jeunesses Musical International Competition Belgrade (Serbia). She performed as a soloist with Zürcher Kammerorchester in Tonhalle Zürich, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, and also shared the stage with François Benda, Damien Bachmann, Cédric Pescia, François-Xavier Poizat, Nurit Stark, Caroline Melzer, Tjasha Gafner and Joel Sachs. Additionally, Macherel has also been invited to play in Sine Nomine Festival, La Prairie Bellmund, Festival Puplinge Classique, Art Association concert series. Since 2018, she plays the baroque flute with La Fontana Cantabile Ensemble.
Macherel regularly plays as solo flute with the Sinfonieorchester Basel. In 2017 she was engaged for a two year internship position with the Musikkollegium Winterthur Orchestra, and performs with Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Venia Orchestra, Nexus Orchestra (Switzerland), The New Juilliard Ensemble, and The Juilliard Orchestra in Carnegie Hall (United States). She played under the baton of David Robertson, Thomas Zehetmair, Jonathan Stockhammer, Roberto González-Monjas, and Michael Sanderling.
In 2020, she graduated from The Juilliard School in New York with Robert Langevin, and she is currently studying with Nolwenn Bargin at the Landeskonservatorium Feldkirch (Austria). At the age of fourteen, she entered the University of Music of Lausanne in the class of José-Daniel Castellon, where she obtained a Soloist Master’s Degree and was awarded the Fritz Bach Scholarship. Afterwards, she studied with Silvia Careddu at Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik Berlin. Macherel primarily took lessons in Paris with Claude Lefèbvre and also received instruction from renowned flutists, such as Patrick Gallois and Emmanuel Pahud.
Helena Macherel has been supported by Leenaards Foundation, Friedl Wald Scholarship, Pour-Cent Culturel Migros, Minkoff Foundation, Lyra Scholarship, as well as Casino Barrière Foundation.
In addition to her flute work, she has a passion for composition. She is currently writing instrumental concertos and is interested in developing her style and expression through orchestral works. She took composition lessons with William Blank at Lausanne University of Music.