American flutist Helen Bledsoe is active as a soloist, ensemble member, teacher, improviser, writer, and composer of electronic works. Based in Cologne, she has been a member of Ensemble Musikfabrik since 1997. She is also a coach for their youth ensemble Studio Musikfabrik, and has been a coach and guest faculty for the Lucerne Festival Academy and the European Workshop for Contemporary Music in Warsaw. From 1999 to 2002, she was a also member of the Remix Ensemble of Porto, Portugal. From 2005 to 2013 she taught flute at the Conservatory of Bremen (Hochschule der Künste) and now gives masterclasses and workshops world-wide. Her writings have been published by Contemporary Music Review and Tempo. Her blog provides a basis of research for scholars researching contemporary performance practice and for composers who want to write for flute.
She won first prize at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition after receiving her Artist Diploma with Harrie Starreveld in Amsterdam. Her earlier studies were completed at the University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University. Her studies also included Baroque Music, Jazz, and Carnatic (South Indian) Music. In the summer of 2000, she worked with Jahnavi Jayaprakash in Bangalore. Private studies with flutists Aurele Nicolet and Robert Dick have also provided a source of inspiration.
At the moment she is dedicated to bringing works that combine improvisation with accessible electronics to audiences, both as a performer and a composer.