Helen Chang Haertzen joined the Minnesota Orchestra’s first violin section in the fall of 2003. In 2006 she appeared as soloist in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Orchestra under Andrew Litton’s direction, and she has played chamber works of Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Ravel and Mozart at Orchestra chamber concerts.
Formerly associate and principal second violin of the Bamberg Symphony in Germany, Haertzen has toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and played with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She also served on the faculty of Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, teaching orchestral training and chamber music to international students. As soloist, Haertzen has performed with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops Esplanade and Junge Philharmonie Erlangen, and at the Braunschweig Staatstheater.
Growing up in the Boston area, Haertzen studied under Roman Totenberg. She attended Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute, the Salzburg Mozarteum and the San Francisco Conservatory. Her principal teachers also included Szymon Goldberg, Felix Galimir, Ruggiero Ricci and Camilla Wicks. Haertzen was a prizewinner of the Karl Lipinski-Wieniawski Competition in Poland.
Haertzen is a member of the Isles Ensemble and has performed as a guest artist with the Walden Chamber Players and the Bamberg String Quartet. She has taken part in innovative collaborations with dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and collaborated with the Boston Ballet Company in a performance of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending. In Boston, she has appeared at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Goethe Institute. She played the Jascha Heifetz Guarnerius violin in recital at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor and has appeared as a recitalist throughout Europe. In 2005 Cavalli Records released Haertzen’s recording of the Bach Partitas for Solo Violin.
In addition, Haertzen is a sought after teacher who’s students have been accepted into the top conservatory programs in the country including The Juilliard School and The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Her students have also been featured performers on NPR’s From The Top and The New School New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall.