/kunstnere/JaaniHelanderSH.jpgJaani Helander (b. 1989) is a graduate of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, and a member of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently studying under Prof. Natalia Gutman at La Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy. He also teaches cello at the Sibelius Academy.

Helander won second prize in the Turku National Cello Competition in Finland in 2010. As a chamber musician and soloist he has performed at several festivals and concert venues in Finland, the USA, Israel, Austria, Greece and Estonia.
Helander is the artistic director of the Helsinki Chamber Music Festival together with violinist Kreeta-Julia Heikkilä. They also form Trio Teos together with Heikkilä and pianist Jaan Ots.

Jaani Helander is currently playing on a Vincenzo Postiglione -cello (1914) on loan to him from the Swedish-Finnish Instrument Foundation.
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