JAMESTOWN – Well-known pianist and legendary musician, Helga Hulse, will be returning to Jamestown from South Carolina to play a piano recital at the Jamestown High School on Sunday, June 17 at 4 p.m. This recital is part of the celebration of Helga’s 90th birthday which was last September 21. She was originally scheduled to play at that time but was unable to come back to Jamestown due to health reasons.
Helga has influenced hundreds of young and old musicians and pianists in the area via her prominent piano studio during her thirty-eight year tenure here in Jamestown. Helga also taught piano for twenty-three years at the former S.S. Peter and Paul Parochial School, as well as at the Levant Wesleyan School for five years. She also served as pianist for the Camp Street United Methodist Church for six years. Helga had a very successful musical program at the Chautauqua County Jail for three and one-half years.
Helga Hulse was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1921. Her father was a civil engineer and her mother was a classically trained pianist and her first piano teacher. When Helga turned six years of age, she studied the piano for three seasons during the summer at the Chicago Musical College. At age eleven, she was soloist with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, with Fritz Hart guest conductor from Australia. She played the “Concerto in D minor” for piano and orchestra by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the Princess Theatre.
At age thirteen, Helga entered the famous Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, after having a lengthy private audition with Josef Hofmann, Dean of the school from its beginning six years prior. At age fifteen, Helga was accepted into the Cincinnati Conservatory where she studied with the famous Dr. Karol Liszniewski. Dr. Liszniewski was the pupil of Karol Mikuli who was Frederic Chopin’s most famous pupil. At age eighteen, Helga was soloist with the innovative Women’s Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles, with Eva Anderson, founder and conductor, in the “Variations Symphoniques” by Cesar Franck. The concert took place in the Philharmonic Auditorium. She taught piano for many years in Los Angeles until coming to Jamestown.
There will be no admission fee for the 4 p.m. recital at Jamestown High School on Sunday, June 17. However, a free-will offering will be taken. A reception for Helga Hulse will take place at the Jamestown First Baptist Church, 358 East Fifth Street, immediately following the recital. The reception is being sponsored by the APT, the Association of Piano Teachers. The public is welcome to attend!