Helen Barsby (Trumpet)

  • Helen Barsby, Trumpet

    First Experience: a broken flute!
    Helen Barsby


The New Zealander, born in England, studied at the Victoria University in Wellington and received her 'Bachelor of Music' degree in 1991. From 1998 - 1999, she furthered her education with a degree in Early Music at the Royal Conservatorium in Den Haag. The multifaceted musician has played not only for orchestras such as the Jeunesse Musicales World Orchestra, the Young German Philharmonic but also for theatres in Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Berlin. She has performed as a Baroque trumpeter with the following ensembles: La Stagione Frankfurt, Collegium Vocale Gent, Concerto Cologne, Academy for Early Music Berlin et. al.


Marital Status:


Current Occupation:

  • Freelance Trumpeter, specialising in Early Music
  • mother-to-be

What was your first, defining moment with music?

When I had to survive my first concert at the tender age of 6 with a freshly broken recorder...

What makes your instrument special?

Baroque symbolism, as the trumpet stands here for majesty, revelry, leadership and war (on the field and for love!).

What was your most memorable concert experience in Bad Elster to date?

The »Eroica« with the Chursächsische Philharmonic at the opening of the anniversary party in 2010. Dr. Lothar and Dr. Thomas de Maizière were iin the audience.

For me, the Chursächsische Philharmonic Bad Elster is…?

...next to great music - a holiday in nature and the chance to breathe fresh air for a few days!

Which composors do you associate with Bad Elster or the Chursächsische Philharmonic?

Bach & Beethoven!

If you were on an abandoned island, which composers would you take with you?

Bach,of course!

Why should I visit a classical concert more frequently?

So that you can experience the world of sound that is this very moment.

Which credo would you give to an up-and-coming musician?

Find the place where your music rings true!

Which question would you have liked to answer?

None, thank you.

Ms Barsby, we thank you for your time!