Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson was born in 1945 and began playing the cello at the age of eight . After studies in Gothenburg, Rome and London, followed by a debut in Stockholm, his solo career has taken him on countless tours all over Europe as well as the USA, Asia and Russia. He has performed with many of the finest orchestras under the baton of some of today's greatest conductors.
He is also renowned throughout the world as one of the great teachers of the cello. He holds professorships at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, where he is based, and at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sohia in Madrid. A regular teacher at the Verbier Festival Academy, here he gives a masterclass on the first movement of Dvořák's great Cello Concerto.
Student Sebastian Baverstam; accompanist: Catherine Edwards