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Flutist

Biography

Swiss flutist, Helena Macherel, is a versatile musician who enjoys her career as a soloist and as a chamber musician. At the age of nineteen, she was awarded the Paul Streit Prize of the Concours de Genève (Switzerland).

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. In the same year, she became a member of Verbier Festival Orchestra. She performed as a soloist with Zurich Chamber Orchestra in Zurich Tonhalle, Budapest Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Fribourg Chamber Orchestra, 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. 

Recently, she had a recital broadcasted on Austrian Radio (ORF) and she also played on Swiss Radio (RTS) on various occasions. In October 2021, she premiered a flute concerto by Martin Skamletz. Since 2020, she has been engaged for a three- year tour with the 2B Company for "Giselle...", a play mixing the arts (music, danse and theater). She was awarded 1st prize of International Anton Rubinstein Competition Berlin (Germany) in 2018, 3rd Prize of Maxence Larrieu International Competition (France) in 2019, and 1st Prize of Jeunesses Musical International Competition Belgrade (Serbia) in 2017.  

 

Macherel was engaged for a two year internship position with the Musikkollegium Winterthur Orchestra (Switzerland) in 2017. She plays regularly with Camerata Venia Orchestra, Nexus Orchestra (Switzerland), The New Juilliard Ensemble, and The Juilliard Orchestra in Carnegie Hall (United States). She is also a regular substitute for the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and Basel Sinfonieorchester (Switzerland). She played under the baton of Carlos Miguel Prieto, David Robertson, Thomas Zehetmair, Douglas Boyd, Raphaël Pichon, and Michael Sanderling.

 

In 2020, she graduated from The Juilliard School in New York with Robert Langevin. 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. 

Over the years, Helena Macherel has been supported by Leenaards Foundation, Friedl Wald Scholarship, Pour-Cent Culturel Migros, Minkoff Foundation, as well as Casino Barrière Foundation.

In addition to her flute work, Helena Macherel 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.