Critics have described Helen Callus as "a player with impeccable sensibilities and a beautiful sound, infinitely malleable into all kinds of musical subtleties" and "with a technique that is unobtrusively excellent." Her recent recording, "Portrait of the Viola" with Robert McDonald, piano [ASV CD DCA1130], has been met with the highest of critical acclaim. Strings Magazine described Ms. Callus as a "violist of the highest caliber; with a performance that is beautifully interpreted."
A native of England, Ms. Callus graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and continued her studies with renowned Scottish violist Paul Coletti at the Peabody Conservatory. At the age of 26 she was appointed to the faculty of the University of Washington, and currently serves as Professor of Viola at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is much in demand across the country as a visiting professor, and has written articles for both STRAD and Strings Magazines. In 2002 she accepted the honor of being the first woman elected President of the American Viola Society.
She has delighted audiences across the world in major cities of Russia, Europe, America, New Zealand, and Canada. A regular artist on radio and TV, she has been heard on such programs as "Performance Today" and has recently been invited for a return visit as a solo guest on Minnesota Public Radio's Saint Paul Sunday. In 2003, while a guest at Brigham Young University as the featured artist for the Primrose Memorial Recital, Ms. Callus performed with the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City to an audience of 4,000 and broadcast to over 2,000 television stations around the world.