Praised as a virtuosic and eloquent soloist as well as an inspired and versatile conductor, Erin Helyard is at the forefront of a new generation of young musicians who combine the latest musicological and historical enquiry with live performance in contemporary culture.
Erin graduated in harpsichord performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first-class honours and the University Medal. He completed his Masters in 2005 in fortepiano performance and a Ph.D. in Musicology in 2012 with Tom Beghin at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montréal. He was named the Westfield Concert Scholar on fortepiano for 2009-2010 and from 2003 to 2012 Erin was a central member of the award-winning Montreal-based Ensemble Caprice.
In Sydney, Erin is Artistic Director and co-founder of Pinchgut Opera and the Orchestra of the Antipodes. He has conducted from the keyboard acclaimed performances of Purcell’s Fairy Queen (Montreal Baroque Festival), Cavalli’s L’Ormindo, Purcell’s Dioclesian, Vivaldi’s Griselda, Cavalli’s Giasone, Salieri’s The Chimney Sweep, Vivaldi’s Bajazet, Grétry's L'amant jaloux (Pinchgut), Handel’s Acis and Galatea (NZ Opera), Handel’s Orlando (Hobart Baroque), Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Handel’s Faramondo and Agrippina (Brisbane Baroque). For Faramondo in 2015 Erin was nominated for Best Music Direction at the Helpmann Awards. The production triumphed with five awards, including Best Opera. Erin is Senior Lecturer in Musicology and Historical Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne and appears courtesy of that institution.