Born in Lausanne, Helena Macherel is a Swiss flutist. Praised for her “stylish” and “luminous musicality”, she was awarded the Paul Streit Prize of the Concours de Genève
at the age of nineteen.
Winner of the Anton Rubinstein International Competition Berlin 2019, she has been invited to perform in the Sine Nomine Festival, Art Association, Festival Puplinge Classique, WEMP Festival, Théâtre Kléber-Méleau and La Prairie Bellmund concert series. Additionally, she had multiple opportunities to perform as a soloist with orchestras such as the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in the Zurich Tonhalle, the Budapest Radio Symphonic Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Belgrade Chamber Orchestra, the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra. Also enjoying her carrer as a chamber musician, Macherel has shared the stage with François Benda, Cédric Pescia, Veronica Kuijken, François-Xavier Poizat, Damien Bachmann, Nurit Stark, Tjasha Gafner and Joel Sachs. Since 2018, she plays the baroque flute with La Fontana Cantabile Ensemble.
In 2017, Macherel was engaged for a two year internship position with the Musikkollegium Winterthur Orchestra (Switzerland). She played under the baton of Carlos Miguel Prieto, David Robertson in Carnegie Hall, Thomas Zehetmair, Douglas Boyd, and Michael Sanderling. She is a regular substitute for the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (Switzerland) and plays regularly with orchestras such as Camerata Venia Orchestra, l’Orchestre, Nexus Orchestra (Switzerland), The Juilliard Orchestra and The New Juilliard Ensemble (United States). In 2019, she won the 3rd Prize of Maxence Larrieu International Competition (France). Macherel was awarded the 1 Prize of the 47th Jeunesses Musicales International Competition Belgrade (Serbia) in 2017. She also won the EMONA International Competition (Slovenia) in 2013.
Over the years, Helena Macherel has been supported by the Leenaards Foundation, the Friedl Wald Scholarship, the Pour Cent Culturel Migros, the Irène Denéréaz Foundation, the Minkoff Foundation, the Lyra Foundation, as well as the Casino Barrière de Montreux Foundation.
Helena Macherel recently obtained her Graduate Diploma at The Juilliard School (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. There, she obtained her Soloist Master’s Degree and was awarded the Fritz Bach Scholarship. Then, in 2014, she studied with Silvia Careddu at the 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.
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 and chamber music works. She took composition lessons with William Blank at Lausanne University of Music.