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Erin Helyard

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Erin Helyard

Erin Helyard has been acclaimed as an inspiring conductor and a virtuosic and expressive performer of the harpsichord and fortepiano. He aspires to be a lucid scholar and communicator who is passionate about music of the past and the discourse between musicology and performance. Erin graduated in harpsichord performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first-class honours and the University Medal. He completed his Masters in fortepiano performance and a PhD in musicology with Tom Beghin at McGill University, Montreal. As Artistic Director and co-founder of the celebrated Pinchgut Opera and the Orchestra of the Antipodes (Sydney) he has forged new standards of excellence in historically informed performance in Australia. Pinchgut Opera won Best Rediscovered Opera (2019) for Hasse’s Artaserse at the International Opera Awards in London. Operas under his direction have been awarded Best Opera at the Helpmann Awards for three consecutive years (2015-2017). He has received two Helpmann Awards for Best Musical Direction: one for a fêted revival of Saul (Adelaide Festival) in 2017 and the other for Hasse’s Artaserse (Pinchgut Opera) in 2019. Together with Richard Tognetti, Erin won an ARIA for Best Classical Album in 2020.

Erin is a Senior Lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and appears courtesy of Pinchgut Opera.

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Symphony Series

Tragedy to Triumph

Adelaide Town Hall

Fri 12 Aug & Sat 13 Aug 2022

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Tragedy to Triumph

If a searing personal experience can be transformed into an extraordinary work of art, the result is Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, created in the shadow of Stalin’s Russia.

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Bliss

Elder Hall

Wed 19 Oct 2022

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Bliss

Along with moments that float like a feather on the breeze, Haydn’s concerto has a finale that make you want to kick up your heels!

Session Wed 19 Oct 2022, 11:30am

Rehearsals Unwrapped

Supersonic

Adelaide Town Hall

Wed 26 Oct 2022

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Supersonic

Let the ASO take you on a fun-filled guided tour of the music you know and love, in the company of charismatic conductor and host Guy Noble.

Session Wed 26 Oct 2022, 9:30am

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