Professor Helena Gaunt PhD MBA (Distinction) LGMS(PCS) BA Hons (Cantab) FGS FRSA
Professor Helena Gaunt is Vice Principal and Director of Academic Affairs at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she provides strategic leadership in academic development, research, enterprise and internationalisation. She is a National Teaching Fellow (2009) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Having been a professional oboist and member of the Britten Sinfonia, she has more recently developed research expertise, publishing on one-to-one tuition in conservatoires, orchestral musicians in the 21st century, and collaborative learning. She was an Associate of the Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP), and is a member of the research team for Creative Works London, both funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Current interests focus on ensemble practices in the performing and fine arts, creative entrepreneurship, and the potential for the arts to contribute to education and development practices more widely. In 2013 she led the launch of Guildhall Creative Entrepreneurs in partnership with Cause4, an incubator dedicated to supporting sustainable business development in the performing arts.
Helena directs the international Reflective Conservatoire Conference hosted triennially at the Guildhall, and is the Chair of the Innovative Conservatoire (ICON) partnership, providing pioneering professional development internationally for conservatoire teachers. She has served on several working groups for the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), including chairing the Research Working Group of the Polifonia project, 2007-10, and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki. She is co-editor of Music Performance Research, a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Music Education, and an associate editor for Arts and Humanities in Higher Education.
Helena lives in London and has five children, including two sets of twins.
Photo by Sarah Hickson.