Helen Nightengale began violin studies at the age of two, and has performed since the age of 10. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Nightengale has performed as a soloist and chamber musician around the world, and has held numerous symphonic positions, including concertmaster positions with the London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, Frankfurt Opera, and the Hamburg Philharmonic.
Nightengale is a frequent guest artist of many chamber music festivals including Aspen, La Jolla Sommerfest, Santa Fe and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, where she has performed with some of today’s great artists including Hilary Hahn, Cho Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Michael Tree, Lynn Harrell, Jon Kimura Parker, Horatio Gutierrez, Jeffrey Kahane, Steven Hough and Vladimir Feltsman.
In June 2010, Ms. Nightengale and her husband, cellist Lynn Harrell, were named Artist Ambassador’s for the Save the Children Foundation and their HEART (Healing through Education and Art) campaign. As a result of this appointment, they formed a non-profit, “HEARTbeats Foundation, Inc” which will, in addition to other organizations, raise money and awareness for the HEART program.
Together, Harrell and Nightengale are producing an album of original songs sung by some of today’s biggest classical artists including Jessye Norman, Christine Brewer and Rod Gilfry, to name a few. HEARTbeats Foundation has taken them around the world to work with children who have been affected by war and conflict, extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS.