After winning the 1st prize at the international radio competition in Prague, Hamburg-born violinist Hellen Weiß started her extensive performing career.
As a soloist she performed with renowned orchestras such as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra San Marco Pordenone, the North Bohemia Philharmonic Orchestra and the Collegium Musicum Basel in important concert venues.
Furthermore she received the EMCY Art for Music Prize, the Eduard-Söring-Prize from “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben” (for string quartet) and, as a pianist, the Steinway-Prize for piano. She was supported by the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation.
She regularly performs at music festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Mendelssohn-festival Leipzig, the music festival “Heidelberger Frühling”, in the concert series „Resonanzen“ Siegburg, the European Weeks Passau, the German Forum New York, the concert series “Spectrum” Villa Musica and “Teatime Classics” at Laeiszhalle Hamburg.
Since the age of twelve Hellen Weiß has also been a passionate chamber musician. During her intensive work in string quartets she has perfomed concerts in Germany, France and the Czech Republic. Furthermore she participated in the chamber music project “Young Artists & Friends” with members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Her chamber music partners included Nils Mönkemeyer, Jörg Widmann, Nicolas Altstaedt, Maximilian Hornung and Gabriel Schwabe.
Her solo and chamber music performances have been broadcasted by radio and TV stations worldwide, including NDR, SWR and Sveriges Radio.
She became more and more involved in contemporary music and has worked with composers Dieter Schnebel, Juliane Klein, Charlotte Seither and Jörg Widmann among others.
At the age of twelve Hellen Weiß enrolled as a pre-college student and studied with Shmuel Ashkenasi, Nora Chastain and Rainer Kussmaul. She received further important musical impulses from Thomas Brandis, David Takeno, Antje Weithaas and the Artemis Quartet.
In 2014 she started teaching at the „Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber“ Dresden.
Since 2017 Hellen Weiß is artistic director of the music festival VIVO! Musikfestival Hamburg.
Künstlerfotos: © Nancy Horowitz
Portraits: © Neda Navaee