Golden Medal winner in the Fourth Manhattan Competition, Héloïse has performed at the Aspen, Tanglewood and Ohrid Festivals. With a repertoire spanning five centuries, she is equally at home with cutting-edge new music as with the works of the great baroque masters. She shares her passion for music and its history with her audience through thoughtful programming and direct audience engagement.
Héloïse holds a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Harp Performance and a Diploma in Historical Performance Practice from the Curtis Institute of Music. She is currently a member of the Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine in Paris.
In a letter to Clara Schumann, Brahms wrote, « If I imagined that I could have created, even conceived the piece, I am quite certain that the excess of excitement and earth-shattering experience would have driven me out of my mind. » Having lived with and studied Bach’s Ciaccona for many years, I can only echo Brahms’ words. Its impact has been almost beyond compare in the musical literature.
In this programme I wish to present the Ciaccona in relief with several other works, also based on the same ancient form of dance and variation. In so doing, I hope to give the audience a glimpse into the universality of Bach’s music, and also the very personal effect it has had on my musical journey.