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Image: Outside the birthplace of composer Ernesto Lecuona in Guanabacoa, Cuba

Rich, erudite, original...



Helen Glaisher-Hernández holds a first class degree from the University of Cambridge where she spent five years studying French and Spanish, taking papers in Iberican History, Critical Theory, Literature, Theatre, Film and Art History. Her MPhil dissertation achieved one of the highest marks in its class, and was described by one of its examiners, Prof. Neil Kenny, as 'having made an original contribution to Shakespeare studies'.

Helen also spent the third year of her BA studying Piano at the Conservatorio Nacional Superior in Buenos Aires, Argentina, followed by subsequent Master's studies in Piano at Trinity College of Music in London.


Previous research interests encompass Canarian Studies, Spanish Golden-Age Theatre, Argentine film, the music of Joaquín Nin-Culmell, cultural contextualisations of the tango, and the postcolonial politics of Iberican classical music reception. Her work extends to the writing of various concert programme notes, CD liner notes, and the organisation of numerous academic talks, lectures and symposia. See below for a full research history.



Latin American Piano Archive

MMus Dissertation, Trinity College of Music, June 2008


The Socio-Psychopathology of the Argentine Tango

PGDip Paper, Leeds College of Music, May 2006


Canarian Cross-currents in Shakespeare’s The Tempest

MPhil Dissertation, University of Cambridge, June 2005


'Hailing to the Thief' in Argentine Film: Crime and Capitalism in Nueve Reinas and Caballos Salvajes

MPhil Essay, University of Cambridge, March 2005


Nature and the Telluric in Lope de Vega’s Los Guanches de Tenerife

MPhil Essay, University of Cambridge, March 2005

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The Popular Idiom and Issues of Interpretation in Ernesto Lecuona’s ‘A la antigua’

Latin American Study Day, Royal Musical Association (RMA), Huddersfield University, November 2011


Cuba Inside a Piano: Postcolonial Dialectics of Latin American Classical Music

Conference, 'The Language of Art and Music - A Three-Piece Puzzle: The Relationship between Culture, International Relations and Globalization over the next Two Decades', Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Bulgarian Embassy, London, August 2011


A Tango with the Camera: Culture, Identity and Visual Seduction in Tango Film

Latin American Music Seminar (LAMS), Institute for the Study of the Americas, May 2006



Isabel Martínez | Noche andaluza

Liner-note translation, Brisé, 2019

Chen Reiss & Charles Spencer | La rossignol et la rose

Text translation, Onyx Classics, B009AXXGLS, December 2012


Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue

Liner-note translation, Opus Arte, OA1098D, November 2012


Ferdinand Rebay: Sonatas para flauta y guitarra

Liner-note translation, Brilliant Classics, 9291, October 2012


Joaquín Nin-Culmell: Symphonie des mystères

Liner notes, Toccata Classics, TOCC0011, October 2011



'Panamericana': Musical Border-Crossings Through the Americas

Barbican's Milton Court Concert Hall, London, November 2017

'Goyescas': Music in the Time of Goya

St John's Smith Square, London, November 2016


Celebrating the Revolutionary Spirit of Latin American Music

'A "Revolutionary" Concert', Southbank Centre's Purcell Room, London, May 2012



Getting to Know Ibero-American Classical Music: Five Pieces to Start You Off

Article, Cervantes Institute London Blog, June 2020

Piano-Yoga®: The 21st-Century Answer to Playing the Piano

Article, Yoga & Health Magazine, December 2011


Andrés Ruiz Tarazona: The Enigma of Atlántida

Monograph translation from Spanish to English, ILAMS, April 2008



Alessandro Santoro | 'A Musical Microcosm': The Piano Preludes of Cláudio Santoro

Lecture-Recital, Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, University of London, October 2019


Walter Aaron Clark | 'Spain the Eternal Maja': Goya, Majismo, and the Reinvention of Spanish National Identity in Granados' 'Goyescas'

Lecture, Music Faculty, Cambridge, November 2016

Trevor Walshaw | Exile and Solitude in the Texts of Robert Gerhard

Pre-concert talk, Instituto Cervantes, London, June 2015


Estela Telerman | Argentine Classical Composers and the Tango (1867-2008)

Recital-lecture, Schott Recital Room, London, May 2015


Ricardo Lorenz | Latin America's Art Music: a Simultaneous Expression of Reverence and Irreverence towards the West

Pre-concert talk, 'A "Revolutionary" Concert', Southbank Centre's Purcell Room, London, May 2012


Tomás Luis de Victoria

Symposium & round-table featuring Noel O'Regan, Owen Rees, Javier Marín López & Carlos Fernández Aransay, Tomás Luis de Victoria Festival, Bolívar Hall, London, October 2011


John Williams | John Williams Explores the Life and Music of Barrios

Lecture-recital, London Classical Guitar Festival, Bolívar Hall, London, May 2010


Graham Wade | Perspectives on Joaquín Rodrigo, Ten Years after his Death

Lecture, Rodrigo Festival, Canning House, London, October 2009


Walter Aaron Clark | Francisco Tárrega and the Art of Guitar Transcription

Pre-concert talk, London Classical Guitar Festival, Bolívar Hall, London, September 2009

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