Helena Hallberg is a Swiss/Swedish composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and actor based in New York City.
Artistically, Hallberg has been described as a chameleon. As a composer, she has written for a myriad of projects ranging from children’s theatre to modern jazz, most of which have been in one of her 4 native languages.
Having had a love for music from a young age, Helena has studied various instruments such as piano, guitar, and bass. Known for her unique blend of folk and pop music, she often performs with her crystal-clear voice and various instruments, most prominently her Appalachian dulcimer Henrietta.
Helena's musical journey has taken her through numerous cities and countries, which includes degrees from Zurich University of the Arts, a BM from Manhattan School of Music and a Masters from BerkleeNYC.
Helena is a passionate advocate for social justice, including many themes of intersectional feminism and social equity in her music. Passionate about giving back to her community, she's spent time teaching, learning, and listening, and has been involved in various charities and benefit concerts over the years.
Organizing the first ever Swiss production of Jonathan Larson’s RENT in 2010, Hallberg has gone on to manage multiple successful projects, including her debut EP “Blind”, which was released in 2017 and was supported by Zurich’s Cultural Foundation. "Blind" can be heard on the Swiss National Radio Swiss Radio Pop.
Marking a musical shift towards a folkier sound, her single "Cause I Can" took first place in the 2020 Indie International Songwriting Contest.
Hallberg has a strong interest in music education and is known for crossing geographical, cultural and linguistic boundaries when doing so. Since 2015, she’s been coaching students across two continents. Topics have included repertoire, vocal and breathing technique and speech. One of her favorite postings is working with the Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts, an international organization that emphasizes on educating children and young adults about the importance of the creative process.
Hallberg has been using her knack for storytelling on stage since she was very young, which has included many stints in theatre; Playing Marie Curie in the 2019 Fred Ebb Workshop of Radioactive (Will Reynolds and Eric Price), directed by Sammi Cannold, she’s also been involved in performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Plaza Hotel, as well as playing Luisa in Manhattan School of Music’s inaugural musical theatre production of Nine.
With her unique sound and captivating performances, Helena continues to make waves in the music industry, inspiring listeners and fellow musicians alike.
Hallberg’s work has been described as “internationally Swiss”: “No matter whether it’s Musical Theatre, Folk, Pop or Jazz. Helena Hallberg is like a Swiss Army Knife made in Sweden: Versatile and flawless”.