Helen Ayres is a Doctoral graduate from the University of Melbourne where she studied with Mark Mogilevsky and completed research into the music of the Romanian violinist and composer George Enescu. She served as Acting Head of Strings in 2007 and continues now as a violin teacher and examiner. Helen has previously held a full-time position with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared as guest principal with Orchestra Victoria and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
Helen has tutored for the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Young Australian Concert Artists and Young Symphonists programs, continuing a long association which started when she toured as concertmaster of the AYO to Asia, New Zealand, Japan, Europe and America.
As a regular chamber music recitalist and founding member of the Seraphim Trio, Helen is a guest of the Sydney International Piano Competition and appears regularly at music festivals throughout Australia. Helen is delighted to be joining Flinders Quartet in 2013, and looks forward to a long and fulfilling collaboration.
Her previous teachers have been Alice Waten, William Hennessy and Beryl Kimber.
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We asked her a few questions
- How old were you when you decided to be a musician and what led you the instrument(s) you now play? I was 8 years old when I was asked by a primary school teacher what I wanted to ‘be’ when I grew up. I knew right away that I wanted to be a violin teacher, but it wasn’t until much later that I considered a performing career.
- When you’re not rehearsing/performing/teaching, where are you most likely to be? With my beautiful family: Christen, Evelyn, Jensen and Sascha.
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? Concerts are exhausting, so any type of effervescent hydration is welcome.
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? I like short concerts these days: 2 hours is time to tell a great story.
- When should we clap? I always prefer passion before politeness.
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