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Pure Happiness!

It has been a while again, lets take off from where i left you last – the concert Pure Music in Het Klokhuis.
Pure Music turned literally into pure happiness with Soline Ballet, FLOATSTONE & Yves Robyns. A great night celebrating Soline’s first big solo performance and our new musical friendship with FLOATSTONE.
My work as a teacher influences strongly my development as a concert pianist. I’m so grateful for those magical and humble moments in the pianolessons which inspire me while performing solo. Since Yves and i started with HeliStudio music has become something we love to share with others – everyone has their own personal sound! It is such a great joy to see everyone reaching their personal musical milestones at all levels.
At this concert i also had the honor to play première of a pianopiece An Incomplete Doubt by Tomas Ooms. By now this piece has become a part of complete Piano Suite and Tomas is busy composing a piano concerto. Tomas is kind of a modern Mozart in HeliStudio – every pianolesson begins with his own music and these are truly magical moments. Looking forward to share more of his music with you soon!

It was clear that our trip with Soline to Estonia in summer 2013 had inspired her – her singing style is more daring and free. She is the first ‘songbird’ in HeliStudio ready to take on bigger podiums and challenges.
Belgian singer-songwriter FLOATSTONE – Brick De Bois – has also link with Estonia. In May he performed at singer-songwriter festival Mailaul in Tartu. In order to melt all cold Estonian hearts in Tartu (which he did!) FLOATSTONE prepared 2 songs in Estonian and the concert Pure Music was the right place to try out his beautiful Estonian language.

I’d like to share 3 great moments with you from PURE MUSIC in Het Klokhuis, filmed by Cy Leong:

Yves Robyns plays première to his composition “Pure Music”

Soline Ballet sings “Street Life”

FLOATSTONE “Shelter My Soul”



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Heli loves to perform Estonian piano music.
Yves talks most through the piano.
Soline sings from her heart.
FLOATSTONE makes you listen and cherish the moment.

Together we bring you an evening with PURE MUSIC.

heliyves2 Soline sings Songbird! brick

Heli Jakobson & Yves Robyns, piano
Soline Ballet, voice
FLOATSTONE, singer/songwriter

28 March 20:00
Het Klokhuis, Parochiaanstraat 4-4a, 2000 Antwerpen

Tickets:voorverkoop 19 euro / studenten (<26j) 10 euro / aan de kassa 24 euro

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Past, Present and Future!

In my mind I’ve been writting many chapters in this blog, however there is just one reason it hasn’t been happening: Robin-Aare. Our Little Prince who seems to grow quicker than what my mind can grasp. It took him 10 months and 18 days to reach to the pianokeys on his own!

The third schoolyear in HeliStudio ended in high spirits with a student recital in wonderful NK Gallery. This schoolyear passed by even faster than any other. Maybe its due to becoming parents for the first time or maybe its just because when you do what you love time flies. Last year was a mixture of both.

Student recital was again a marathon. Next to piano and guitar we had guest performance from Kadri Saarna and “Maagiline Maa” by HeliStudio was aired also in Kuku Radio in Estonia.

After the student recital Yves and I “jumped” behind the piano to prepare for concerts in Estonia.
Soline travelled along with us as well. Listening to her singing in Estonia made me very proud. It was first time on the road with one of our students and I sincerely hope we can repeat this trip with Soline again. In October we’ll organise an “Estonian Evening” in HeliStudio so that everyone can hear more about this trip and see photos.

Here are some of the best moments from this summer:

HeliConcert 2013  Kadri Saarna Student Recital








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Every day students leave messages on our blackboard – this one is from Rocco. What a joy to be his teacher!

Our son is also starting to warm up his fingers! Zoë played Pärt and Robin-Aare wanted to add some personal groove to it. In Dutch I call this picture “kleine duiveltje aan de toetsen samen met een grote engel” ;)


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Thank You!

This semester in HeliStudio was special in many ways.
First of all, our family has become a trio. Robin-Aare is the best creation Yves and I have ever made and last two months have been the happiest time in our lives.

Looking back at this year I sincerely wish to thank everyone in HeliStudio for your compassion, support and patience. Expecting a child was a wonderful journey, but there were also few challenging weeks in spring when I had to cancel lessons. I’m very grateful for all the good care and loving support I received from you during that time.

In the end of April several of my students took part of Cobra’s Classic Battle. In HeliStudio we had two bravehearts: Zoë and Katrien sent in their videos with classical pieces. Lets hope that next spring more students will join!

The student recital in June was great joy. Some students simply save their best performance for the very end ;) What I enjoy most during these concerts is to witness how the ‘musical selfconfidence’ grows within each child.

It’s becoming a tradition to start up the new schoolyear with a performance at “Klassiek op het plein” in Zurenborg. This year Zoë, Soline and Nathan joined us. Yves and I are very curious about the (musical) future of these three youngsters.

In the meantime Robin-Aare was growing in ‘double-tempo’ and it was time to introduce Jan Debel in HeliStudio. He came to the first theory lesson and played Debussy – this made great first impression on everyone ;) Jan continued my work in excellent manner.

This year has been all about becoming more open and accepting every day how it comes. I love my work very much – yet there is so much more I want to achieve with HeliStudio and also as a pianist. Now, looking back at this year it feels as Robin-Aare decided himself that ‘it was time’, so he came along, turning our lives upside-down and bringing us so much love and inspiration we didn’t knew existed.

We wish you all wonderful holidays and a happy new year!

With love,
Heli, Yves & Robin-Aare

HeliStudio 2012 in pictures:




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Student Recital Part 2

We celebrated the second advent with the Student Recital Part 2 – this program was with ladies only: Ella, Hannah, Nikita, Nina, Xenya,Catherine and Zoë. Guest performance was from Nathan on violin.

Its a great joy to organise these houseconcerts, the students feel very much at ease behind the piano. However, one thing is playing in the piano lesson and the other is perfoming in the same location. The youngest ones take it all playfully and it doesn’t matter where they perform or how big is the audience, they just do it with a smile. Older students start to have great expectations from themselves and that’s when the stage-fever sets in. It sounds cruel, but you always learn most from a challenging performance… and I don’t think anyone can escape this experience.

I’m very proud of everyone this semester – it has been exciting time for both sides – my students had to get used to a new teacher for a while and I’m trying my best now to clear my mind and trust that Robin-Aare will be very well taken care of also when I start to teach again from January. It’s hard to let go of this one-on-one time with him, but when I hear my students play I also feel strong calling to get back to HeliStudio.

These two houseconcerts gave me lots of energy and many insights I’ll share with you in the lesson in January!

Here are impressions from our second student recital. After the concert we had Babou’s cupcakes and Xenya gave everyone a nice treat with her delicious birthday cake!



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Student Recital Part 1

Its December again – jingle bells and christmas decorations everywhere. Kids are excited about Sinterklaas, older children get more stressed about the exams at school. All this is very obvious also in the piano lesson. The youngest ones get overexcited being able to play “Zie ginds komt de stoomboot” or “Jingle Bells”. Honestly, just like some parents – I’m also tired of these tunes even before the season starts. However, I never get tired of seeing the joy and excitement in children when they learn these songs. Their faces lighten up like fireworks when they recognise these melodies. On the other side I feel lots of compassion for the students who must switch into “exam mode” at school – they become so serious and silent behind the piano. These are just my observations as a teacher.
This semester most of my students are in the hands of Jan Debel. I’m so happy and grateful to have a colleague like him. HeliStudio is a place where music is taught with passion and learning means first of all (self)discovery. I believe that the joy of pianoplaying lasts longer when the student discovers his/her abilities together with the teacher instead of using “master and servant” method. Jan continues my vision in excellent manner and therefore yesterday’s student recital was a true joy to listen.
It was memorable experience also to be in the audience together with our “little prince” Robin-Aare. While listening to students I couldn’t help wondering about the day that our son would take a seat behind the piano during one of the house concerts - how will he sound, how would it make me feel? Probably this day will arrive sooner than i can imagine and then I’ll be missing him like he is right now – the cutest and sweetest baby.
There’s not only musical talent among our students. Babou makes the most beautiful and tasty cupcakes! Some of you already know what I mean, isn’t it ;) The student concert of next week will also be accompanied by Babou’s cupcakes. Believe me, once you’ve tasted it, one cupcake won’t probably be enough for you, so please check out her webshop: www.babouscupcakes.be

This semester will always remain as a special memory – I’m very happy and grateful for the days I have now to be solely together with Robin-Aare.
Its so heartwarming to see how our baby is cherished by all of you.

Thank you for a great concert and all the positieve energy!



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Welcome Robin-Aare!

12.10.2012 is the magical day when our family turned into a trio – our son Robin-Aare Robyns was born! He surprised everyone – the doctors were blown away by his measurements – 4,490 gr and 56,5 cm tall. Yves and I were looking forward to hear his voice – that took few extra heartbreaking moments of silence first.

All this excitement is past now and we have already had million moments of joy together as a family. Long crying nights included ;) Robin-Aare is teaching us a new language, its called p a t i e n c e.
However, if one of his parents doesn’t succeed to change the dipers as quickly as Robin-Aare would prefer – he attacks us with different “unexpected weapons”. At this moment I can confirm that babies are sweet indeed when they sleep, but quite a challenge to figure out when they are awake. We are getting better at it day by day. I can already make a difference in his crying when its only about a diper or something else! Becoming a parent is a long proces. Right now every smile I get from my son feels like the biggest compliment ever! Each cute giggle he makes simply melts my heart and every morning with him feels like “a whole new world” ready to discover.

It seems to me that our schoolbord has a new subject – loveletters to Robin-Aare ;). I see much less  music notes and more hearts and smileys along with Robin-Aare’s name. All students have surprised us with wonderful gifts. Thank you so, so much! The sweetest surprise (literally!) was a cake from Ella – it was a true piece of art – the most beautiful cake ever!!! Check out the photo below. My mom once surprised me with a cake in the form of pianokeys – that was also pretty cool, but Ella’s cake went straight to our hearts! It tasted as memorable as it looks!

We have the honor to use the buggy from “la pianista” Zoë. It’s so amazing to realise that we all have started out the same way - growing gram by gram and centimeter per centimeter… I can’t help thinking of Zoë when I’m walking with my son and secretly dreaming, that just like Zoë, hopefully Robin-Aare will choose to study piano out of free will as well.

At this moment we can confirm that Robin-Aare likes girls very much, especially girls with brown eyes! When Lola or Babou come around he simply gets lost in their eyes, (see the photo below!).

Next to Robin-Aare’s soprano voice upstairs, there is also some great piano playing going on in HeliStudio. In december we organise two house-concerts in Mechelsesteenweg.  What would be better way to give a baby-shower than to literally shower our baby in music. So, lets do it! ;)

Much love,



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Lessons with Jan Debel!

The month of October is going to be one huge discovery-time for Yves and me. Our baby will be born somewhere between 7-11 of October! As much as I’m excited about becoming mother, it has been difficult to let go of my work… I feel very strongly connected with all of my students and it hasn’t been easy to find the right teacher to hand over my piano class. However, miracles happen – I’m very happy to tell you that from the 1st of October HeliStudio will be filled with real man-power: Jan Debel and Yves will continue the lessons from the 1st of October up to the Christmas holidays. In the meantime I’ll try my best to introduce our baby to the sound of piano and regular sleeping and eating rhythm.

Few words about Jan – he comes from Kortrijk and his musical studies started out with exploring jazz piano. At the moment Jan is completing his studies in classical piano in The Conservatory of Antwerp in the class of Levente Kende (also my former teacher). Jan has performed in Jazz Middelheim in 2011 (jazz-project with students from Conservatory of Antwerp) and next to solo performances he also plays classical chamber music with his own piano trio. Jan has also experience in music pedagogy, currently he is teaching in De Waelrant in Borgerhout. Yves and I are very glad to introduce Jan to our students – we are sure he will inspire everyone.

All students will be meeting Jan in the upcoming theory lesson on the 26th of September and from monday, the 1st of October the individual lessons will continue with him. Yves will be around in the lessons on wednesdays where guitar or bass guitar is needed.

Once the baby is here, we gladly invite you to visit us in the hospital, so that the piano lessons won’t be disturbed by the extra curiosity about our little one ;).

Remember – regardless the teacher – regular practicing is something we all must do by ourselves!

A very warm welcome to Jan Debel in HeliStudio!

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