The Juilliard School, B.M.
The Juilliard School, M.M. (2021)
Violinist Helenmarie Vassiliou is currently pursuing her Master's degree from the Juilliard School studying with Masao Kawasaki, where she also completed her undergraduate education. A passionate teacher, she believes that music is for anyone who wants to learn, regardless of age or skill. Helenmarie has held the Morse Teaching Fellowship from Juilliard, and taught at City College Academy of the Arts in New York City, where she taught violin, viola, and cello to students through middle and high school.
She has been playing the violin since she was three years old, inspired by her mother who played violin for fun. From Philadelphia, Helenmarie spent her formative years in community music schools where musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra taught. She studied for ten years with violinist from the orchestra, Hirono Oka before coming to Juilliard, and previously with the principal violist of the orchestra, Choong-Jin Chang.
Helenmarie believes that making music is first and foremost a community activity, and spends much of her time making music with others. She has been a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, and the Tanglewood Music Center. As an orchestral musician she has appeared with Symphony in C, Montclair Orchestra, the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, and is a regular substitute player in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Helenmarie has appeared in Juilliard’s annual Chamberfest for three years, and has been coached by Toby Appel, Astrid Schween, Emanuel Ax, and Sylvia Rosenberg amongst many other incredible musicians. Previously, she also held a Gluck community service fellowship from Juilliard, in which she played for people in hospitals and care centers around New York City.