Maria Gamborg Helbekkmo

Maria Gamborg Helbekkmo (b. 1942) is an Associate Professor at
Bergen University College, where she teaches choir conducting, piano and solo voice. She conducts Jentekoret (The Girls Choir) and Voci Nobili, which are both connected to Bergen University College. She has been the artistic director of Bergen Philharmonic Choir, and in 2000 she was in charge of Voices of Europe, a collaborative project between the European Cultural Cities. From 1993 to 1998 Helbekkmo was a guest lecturer at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

Helbekkmo can point to a long career as a musician as well as a teacher.
She has given several piano recitals and also been a soloist with several prominent orchestras. She has toured with both the
Norwegian and Swedish Concert Academies, and she worked for many years as a freelance musician for the Norwegian Broadcasting Company (NRK); making music programs for children.

She studied choir conducting with Eric Ericson (Stockholm) and Knut Nystedt (Oslo), voice with Paul Lohman (Wiesbaden), Gunvor Mjelva (Oslo) and Ellen Sundby (Bergen), and the piano with
Eline Nygaard (Norway), Bela Siki (Seattle), and Adele Marcus (Juilliard School of Music, New York).

Maria accepts the Norwegian Choir award 2005 in Grieghallen