Clarinetist Helena Tuuling (b. 1985) frequently performs with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of Ensemble U: and has participated in numerous contemporary music and improvisation concerts. She is an active member of the woodwind quintet Estica.
Helena Tuuling started her music education at the Põlva Music School and continued it at Heino Eller Tartu Music School, the Tallinn Music High School and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Her teachers have been Margus Vahemets, Vahur Vurm, Toomas Vavilov and Hannes Altrov. Helena has studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Victoria Eugenia de Granada (Spain, prof Francisco Gil Valencia), and at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (Sweden, prof Kjell-Inge Stevensson) as an exchange student. She benefited from several masterclasses with Yehuda Gilad, Francois Benda, Michael Collins, Michel Lethiec, José Luis Estellés, Henri Bok, Marek Schiller, Andreas Sundén, Fabio Di Casola, David Krakauer and Jacques Di Donato. Helena graduated with a Master’s Degree from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and currently is finishing her studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (prof Hermann Stefansson and Martin Fröst).
Winning several prizes in competitions of national professional wind players (II prize in 2008 and III prize in 2012), she joined pianist Liivi Arder at the competition festival “Con Brio” finals in 2008 and 2010 and received awards from the Association of Estonian Professional Musicians and Estonian Public Broadcasting.