Helena Poggio

Born in Madrid, she started her violoncello studies at the age of eight at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid and finished them in 1999 with a Degree’s Extraordinary Prize. She studied for five years at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, under the direction of Frans Helmerson. In Bloomington, Indiana University, she obtained an “Artist Diploma” with T. Tsutsumi and then a “Master of music” at the Juilliard School, New York, studying with J. Krosnick and D.Adkins. She has received lessons from N.Shakovskaya, D. Geringas, L. Claret , B. Greenhouse, J. Starker, P. Müeller and B. Pergamenschikov. First Prize at several competitions as the National String Instruments Competition “Ciudad de Játiva”, the Spanish and Latin American Music Competition at the Indiana University and First Prize and Audience Prize at the International Bow Instruments Competition “Julio Cardona” in Portugal. She has performed recitals at several halls in Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Bosnia, USA and has recorded for RN2 Spanish National Radio. As a member of the Cuarteto Quiroga she regularly performs at the most importants halls in Europe. As an orchestra member she has participated at the Verbier Festival Orchestra and as a principal cellist of the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra and the Spoleto US Orchestra working with conductors as J.Levine, K.Masur, Z.Metha, C.Dutoit. Fulbright scholar, Helena enjoys teaching chamber music as much as performing with the Cuarteto Quiroga. She currently teaches at the High Conservatory of Music of Aragón and at the International Summer Course of Llanes (Asturias).