Helena De Beul
Helena De Beul graduated in 1998 as Master in Music, Classical Guitar, at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent. She obtained the highest distinction and won the International Yamaha Competition for classical guitar that same year. Afterwards, she perfected her technique with Odair Assad (one of the legendary Addad Brothers) and worked as a guest-professor at the Royal Conservatory in Ghent. The problems she experienced in shoulders and lower back (caused by intensively making music) brought her to Martine Reynders and Serfe Wilfart, in whose classes she got acquainted with the Wilfart Method (Pneumophonics). This was a first contact with bodywork in which the breath holds a central place.
She took singing lessons with Martine Reynders, Eurudike De Beul, Zeger Vandersteene, Gidon Saks, Lubov Stuchevskaya and Tom Krause. Each time, her focus was on the search for the breath and for contact with the inner child. As a soloist she participated in productions of Walpurgis, Peeping Tom, Lod, Koudvuur and Scoppio di Vesuvio.
She also takes yoga classes with Johan De Backer and Tai Chi and Taoist Bodymassage with prof. Dan Vercammen.
She teaches Guitar at the Music Academy "de Kunstbrug" and has often been invited to teach relaxation techniques for guitarists, for instance at Vlamo.
She is the author of "Gitaardebuut, een frisse kijk op klassieke gitaar" (Golden River Music), which is a method for guitar-beginners, that provides a healthy look upon technique.