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 5 native languages. Most recently she’s hit the studio with her 7-piece band The Heathens to record her newest music, of which the first single, “Last Love” will be available in January 2020.
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.
Backed by The Heathens, she’s been performing around the city since 2018 and can be witnessed at venues like The Knitting Factory, The Bitter End and Silvana Harlem. The group most recently got back from a short tour in Alabama.
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 story-telling on stage since she was very young. Most recently, she played Marie Curie in the 2019 Fred Ebb Workshop of Radioactive, 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.
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”.
Helena currently lives in New York City where she attends Manhattan School of Music on the JMP Musical Theatre Scholarship. She lives in Washington Heights with husband Red Hawley and their two cats Ella and Lola.