My name is Heli. I was born in Estonia – a country where in difficult times people have always maintained their identity and language through singing.
I was 9 years old when The Singing Revolution started to evolve. It felt to me as if music made people stronger and gave them almost magical courage to speak out. I was intrigued and started studying piano to investigate the power of sound. My studies in Tartu Lastemuusikakool and Tartu Heino Elleri nim. Muusikakool inspired me to reach higher and further. Next to music grew my passion for learning foreign languages and to test both skills it was time to move.
In 1996 I continued my studies with Prof. Jiri Hlinka in Griegakademiet, Bergen, Norway. Jiri has a wonderful skill of decoding the score into such minimalistic details, passing it on to the student, so that while she or he is playing there is no time to be nervous, but simply be one with the music. Prof. Hlinka opened the door for me to experience the power of music on bigger stages such as Grieghallen with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Troldsalen in Edvard Grieg Museum. The years with Jiri Hlinka also increased my further interest for music pedagogy. I completed my studies in Norway with the recording of solo CD with the music of Grieg, Tveitt, Scriabin and Arvo Pärt.
In 2002 I continued my journey to Belgium. I finished Master Degree in piano and music pedagogy in The Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. The years in Norway were all about absorbing new skills and experiences, in Belgium i rediscovered the importance of Estonian music in my concert repertoire. I collaborated with composer Wim Hendrickx, recitante Lutgart Van Ballaer, Beethoven Academie Orchestra. After long years of classical piano studies, forming piano duo with jazzpianist Yves Robyns was the most out of ordinary thing to do – classic meets jazz!
In Estonian ‘helistuudio’ means recording studio – for musicians and teachers, students and piano-lovers it is all about how to achieve the best sound, so HeliStudio was born in 2010.
Work in Helistudio brings all my ambitions and passions together – as a teacher i love to introduce the world of music to the smallest ones and get them started with their first “finger-steps” on the keyboard. Music helps children to increase concentration, develop their fine motorics skills and most of all – learn to tap into their inner selves! The world today is not only in need for another virtuoso pianist. I believe that by practicing music even as a hobby we can become better human beings.
Working with adult students inspires me most in a personal level. The results here prove several pedagogy books to be wrong – in my experience it is never too late to learn piano, however when you start later, it will be a test of willpower and patience. I admire adults who pick up their dreams from childhood and make it happen note by note years later. It confirms my belief that music is a necessity in our lives.
When i witness weekly how our students strive to learn piano and i always take this energy with me on stage as a concert pianist.
It’s not about being the best, it’s about doing your best!
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