Helge Slaatto ( born 1952) was concertmaster of Odense Symphony Orchestra, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen and Randers Chamber Orchestra.
For 25 years he was professor at the Hochschule für Musik der Universität Münster, presently he teaches at MGK Copenhagen, a special programme in support of young gifted violinists. He gave master classes throughout the world and his students won prizes at major international competitions like the Joachim Competition Hannover, the Leopold Mozart Competition Augsburg, and the Queen Elisabeth Competition Bruxelles.
His long and fruitful collaboration with German double bass player Frank Reinecke led to more than 50 works composed for the two, they were also rewarded the special Prize of the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik.
Helge Slaatto's involvement in the world of vocal music resulted in highly praised recordings of Nordic Songs and Romances for violin and piano as well as the “Ars Nova “ CD for violin and double bass.
Shortly to be released is a recording of chamber works by famous Danish composer Per Nørgård ( Singing Secrets) on Dacapo, with leading Danish musicians, including his wife viola player Anette Slaatto.
Helge Slaatto met Kyoko Hashimoto at Sandor Vegh’s Open Chamber Music Festival in Prussia Cove, England. The influence of Vegh was to be of lasting importance for the two and with Kyoko Hashimoto he gave concerts in Germany, Holland and Denmark, including appearances at the Late Summer Festival Hvide Sande as well as at the International Workshop and Festival in Kirchberg.