A native of Montana, Hélène Werner is a cellist, pianist, and member of the Werner Chamber Quartet with her three siblings. She holds a doctorate from The Juilliard School, a B.A. from Yale University, and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation at Juilliard, “Editors and Critics: A History of Music Criticism in The New Yorker,” received the Richard French Doctoral Prize. As a performer, Hélène has been enthusiastically received in concert halls at home and abroad, including Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Music Guild Concert Series in Los Angeles, the Congrès de Luthiers in France, the Provincehuis in Groningen, Holland, the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts, and at a command performance for Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court. Hélène is an avid enthusiast for both early and contemporary music. She plays the viola da gamba, has performed frequently with the New Juilliard Ensemble, and enjoys developing, playing, and premiering new works. Hélène is also very committed to encouraging opportunities for young musicians and fostering a conversation about the importance of foundation-building in the arts, and in all academic disciplines more generally. In 2016, she co-founded Project Youth, a platform of consulting and educational enrichment resources in math, language arts, cultural studies, and music, for young children and their families.