Musicians

Helen Cooper

Image of Helen BracenecA native of Texas, Helen began her violin studies at age 2 with the Suzuki method. She gave her first solo performance at the age of 3 in Monterrey, Mexico and performed several years later at the Round Top Festival in Round Top, Texas. Helen spent several summers in Europe and studied with Edouard Grach and members of the Vienna Philharmonic. She received her Bachelors in Violin Performance from the University of Texas at Austin with Vincent Fritelli, where she was also coached by members of the Cavani String Quartet, Sylvia Rosenberg and Don Weilerstein. While at the University of Texas, Helen was asked to perform a solo at the Bartok Congress in 2000. Helen completed her Masters in Music in 2006 at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Lynn Blakeslee and Charles Castleman. Helen has been a member of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, the Binghamton Symphony Orchestra and the former Assistant Principal Second of the Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra.