Helena Rocha von Oertzen

A Life for Music

The pianist Helena Rocha v. Oertzen was born in Oporto (Portugal). She finished her studies with Prof.Helena de Sá e Costa at the Oporto Conservatory with honors.
Already during her studies she won the 1st prize in the Calouste Gulbenkian competition. As a scholarship holder of the German Academic Exchange Service, she continued her studies at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Hamburg with Prof. Conrad Hansen. Also here she passed the concert exam with distinction.

This was followed by concert tours and master classes with important pianists such as Karl Engel, Nadie Boulanger, Yvonne Léfèbure, Hans Leygraff and Yara Bernette. She was an assistant at the time with the well-known pianist Luiz Moura e Castro by Helena de Sá e Costa during their legendary master classes with Albert Schweizer in Günsbach in Alsace.

Immediately followed the appointment of the Senate of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg as a full professor with the title (Prof.) for piano at the same college of music and performing arts in Hamburg. Thereafter, in addition to the activity of teaching students, she gave extended concert tours at home and abroad. For instance to Italy, France, Portugal, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, as well as Asia.

Also in terms of chamber music and song accompaniment, the artist is successful. Numerous plays with renowned orchestra are part of her life.

State University of Music and Performing Arts in Hamburg
Audimax (University of Hamburg)

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A Life for Music

Leben, Werk und Denken


You bring art, in how many gray hours,
Where life’s wild circle surrounded me,
Did you inflame my heart to warm love?
You have escaped me into a better world!
Good art, thank you!