We are pleased to announce that NZ Barok has completed recording the three Mozart concertos for fortepiano and strings with Australian virtuoso fortepianist Erin Helyard during Easter 2018. We all feel so privileged to have worked with such a wonderful musician. Now the work continues for Wayne Laird of Atoll Records. As soon as we have a release date we will let you know! NZ Barok would like to thank Stout Trust, Dame Jenny Gibbs, Kathy & Peter Boardman, our fabulous $ for $ anonymous sponsor and all of you who contributed to make this recording a reality. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Erin Helyard has been acclaimed as an inspiring conductor, a virtuosic and expressive performer of 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 his Masters in fortepiano performance and a PhD in Musicology with Tom Beghin at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal. He was named the Westfield Concert Scholar (Cornell) on fortepiano for 2009-2010 and from 2003 to 2012 Erin was a central member of the award-winning Ensemble Caprice (Montreal).
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 Australia and has recently been described as “Australia’s most engaging soloist” by Limelight magazine.