Helen Newby continually seeks ways to expand the technical and expressive boundaries of her instrument through close collaboration with other innovative performers and composers. She received her Bachelor’s in Music from the Oberlin Conservatory and her Master’s in Cello Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her principal cello teachers have included Darrett Adkins, Jennifer Culp and Rachael Lonergan.
Helen's passion for collaboration and experimentation has led her to premiere a number of new works by both emerging and established composers. Her premiere solo album, featuring commissions by David Bird, Danny Clay, Adam Hirsch, Kurt Isaacson and Haley Shaw, is set to release in early 2017.
Helen is a founding member of string trio Chartreuse, string quartet Amaranth, jazz sextet deturtle, and experimental noise quartet HK&tCS. She additionally performs with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.
In addition to an active career as a performer, Helen is equally dedicated to teaching. She maintains a private studio in Berkeley and is on faculty at The Crowden School.