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Erin Helyard

Erin Helyard

Erin Helyard has been acclaimed as an inspiring conductor, a virtuosic and expressive performer on the harpsichord and fortepiano, and a lucid scholar who is passionate about promoting 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 a master’s degree in fortepiano performance and a PhD in musicology with Tom Beghin at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montréal. Erin was named the Westfield Concert Scholar (Cornell) on fortepiano for 2009–2010, and from 2003 to 2012 he was a central member of Montréal’s award-winning Ensemble Caprice. Erin Helyard is particularly active in reviving both score- and performance-neglected 17thand 18th-century opera. 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 2017 he won a Helpmann Award for Best Musical Direction for Handel’s Saul at the Adelaide Festival in a fêted revival of a Glyndebourne production directed by Barrie Kosky. He is currently senior lecturer in historical performance and musicology at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and appears by kind courtesy of that institution.

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