Hélène Navasse is an international recognised soloist and chamber musician.
She has performed worldwide, from USA to Japan and Iceland to Lebanon.
“A luminous talent” Berlingske – Denmark
“… it is rare to hear such a rich flute sonority…” Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung – Germany
Hélène has a precocious and rich professional career. At the early age of 18, she was appointed solo flute position in Ensemble Polychromie, french new-music ensemble. From 1999 to 2005, she was held the position of associate principal flute in Aarhus Sympony Orchestra (Denmark).
In more of regularly playing classical music in symphony orchestra and divers chamber music constellations, Hélène is an ardent defendant of contemporary music.
As a soloist she has performed both classical and contemporary concertos in the US and Europa.
She has also performed with outstanding european contemporary ensembles such as:
Musik Fabrik, Schönberg Ensemble, Asko Ensemble, Klang ForumWien, CAPUT, and Athelas.
Hélène has established herself as DENMARK’S LEADING FLAUTIST for contemporary music.
Many years of close collaboration with Danish composers has led to a long list of premiered works, dedicated to Hélène and her flutes.
“Hélène has gained a place as one of the most important musicians in the new music in Denmark.
She has premiered a great number of new works with both tremendous energy, dedication and talent.
She is one of the most important catalysts for the new experimental music and a huge inspiration
for all of us composers who are waiting in line to get our music played by precisely her”
Composer Bent Sørensen
Hélène is, since founded in 2007 to 2016, former flautist from ensemble Scenatet.
Since 2016, Hélène is the flautist of the recognised ATHELAS Sinfonietta Copenhagen.
Hélène is regularly performing as a soloist for new music. She has performed a very well received “marathon” at NJORD Biennale 2016, premiering among other works by Kaija Saariaho;
“Sombre” for the first time in Denmark, as well as Saariaho’s flute chamber-concerto “Terrestre”.
Notable works dedicated to Hélène:
Concerto for alto flute “Innocent Mind and Mayday” by Peter Bruun (2008) (prize winner from the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize 2008)
Concerto for bass flute “FlashNight” by Niels Rosing-Schow (2016)
Hélène has performed “Innocent Mind and Mayday” at Nordic Music Days (Iceland) with Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra. She premiered “FlashNight” with Athelas in Denmark, and in Iceland with Caput Ensemble at Dark Music Days in 2017.
Hélène has regularly worked with leading personalities within contemporary music scene, such as Kaija Saariaho, Bent Sørensen, Per Nørgård, David Lang, Susanna Mälkki, David Pocelijn, Beat Furrer and Sylvain Cambrelain
Considered an “innovative artist”, Hélène also experiments with live-electronic and improvisations with her “upright bass flute. She has collaborated with various jazz icons, such as percussionist Marilyn Mazur, bassist Mads Vinding, Irene Becker & Pierre Dørge from The Jungle Orchestra.
Beside pursuing a busy international carrier as a contemporary music specialist, Hélène is also in high demand within the classical music scene.
She is founding member of many chamber-music constellations, and was during many years flutist in the renowned woodwind quintet Carion.
In addition to her esteemed chamber music caree, Hélène has performed as guest principal flautist in orchestras such as The Royal Danish Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Odense Symphony Orchestra, The Danish National Chamber Orchestra, in Sweden with Norrland Opera, Helsingborg and Malmö Symphony Orchestras. She has also performed with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic.
Her innovative scales and predilection for new music has also lead her to an entrepreneur activity.
Among other, she is the co-founder of the rather new, but highly acclaimed, NJORD Biennale.
Hélène holds master degrees (soloist, chamber music and contemporary music) from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Amsterdam Conservatorium (NL) and a bachelor degree from CRR Boulogne (France).
She is prize winner of several international competitions, latest to date is 3. prize at Osaka Chamber Music Competition Festa, Japan in 2011.