Helen Kashap (piano)
American-Canadian concert pianist Helen Kashap has been heard with several orchestras throughout North America, including some of Canada’s major symphony orchestras in performances of Franz Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto and Edvard Grieg’s Concerto in A minor. A recipient of two major Canada Council for the Arts Grants to top emerging artists, and the prestigious Canadian Chalmers Professional Development Award, Kashap was a Schulich Scholar at McGill’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal where she received her Bachelor of Music degree. Kashap completed her Master of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music and has studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Aspen Music Festival School, the Gijon International Keyboard Institute in Gijon, Spain, Toronto Summer Music Festival, and the Orford Arts Centre.
Kashap has been teaching extensively for over eight years and enjoys an active teaching career working with all ages and levels of pianists. She is particularly interested in cultivating a joy for music, and encourages her students to engage in their musical exploration with enthusiasm, curiosity, and dedication. Helen grew up in a musical household, both of her parents are professional violinists, and she is a firm believer in the many developmental benefits of a good musical education. In addition to her performance and teaching career, Helen is also a trained stage and film actress and continues to be involved in theatrical projects across Canada and the United States.
Growing up with professional musicians and music pedagogues as parents, I saw first hand the incredibly transformative power of music education. In my own teaching, I strive to impart both the joy of music and also the importance of discipline, perseverance, focus, and a strong work ethic. I am eager to engage students at all ages and levels in the study and exploration of classical music and to inspire them to continue to grow and develop along their artistic journey. Every student is highly unique and I place emphasis in my teaching on tailoring the lessons to particular individual needs, always encouraging students to go beyond their own self-imposed limitations and discover the real beauty and gift of music making.