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Helen Kashap
Actress Pianist
Thursday, September 20, 2018NYC: Kashap performs lead in 'A Watch'"On a beautiful, but a brutally hot day, Shannon summons April to a small park along the Brooklyn waterfront. The two girls, more sister than friends, gnaw, clamor, and cry their way through a night against the backdrop of Manhattan skyline."

Starring Helen Kashap and Youlim Nam(youlimnam.com) with direction by Kotoba Dan. Showing Sept 20th, 21st at 6:15pm and 23rd at 8:30 PM at Hudson Guild Theatre in Chelsea.


Helen Kashap is a Canadian-American actress and classical pianist based in New York City. 

The child of two professional musicians, Kashap began her theater studies at the age of five. Showing an early aptitude for the stage, Kashap was cast in her first professional theater production two years later. Kashap garnered early critical acclaim in the role of ‘Tootie’ in Gateway Theater’s production of Meet Me in St. Louis, for which director Dennis Beerling told a newspaper, “The One who’s going to steal the show is my ten year old, Tootie” (Saskatoon Star Phoenix, 1998). 

Kashap trained at the Persephone Theatre School in Canada and pursued competitive gymnastics, classical piano, and dance alongside her theatrical training. Spending her summers studying at the Interlochen Arts Camp, Kashap garnered several prizes and scholarships in music and theater, including the 'Rising Talent' and 'Outstanding Achievement in Piano' awards from the Interlochen Arts Festival, First Prize in the Canadian Kinsmen Piano Competition, and top prizes at the Canadian Music Competition, the Saskatchewan Provincial Music Festival, and the International Interlochen Arts Festival Concerto Competition. 

In 2005, Kashap moved to the United States to study full-time at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where she graduated with High Honors and a specialization in Piano Performance. 

Kashap then spent the next ten years developing and cultivating a successful career as a classical concert pianist. At McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montreal, Quebec, Kashap was awarded the highest academic and music honor, the 'Schulich Scholarship'. While pursuing her studies at McGill, Kashap embarked on a professional performing career, making her orchestral debut with the Saskatoon Symphony in 2011 alongside her parents in the violin section.  Graduating early from the Schulich School that year, Kashap continued to perform as a soloist with Canadian orchestras, held an arts residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and recorded her first album under sponsorship from FACTOR Canada. 

In 2012, Kashap was awarded the top prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, a Major award given annually to a select number of Canada's most promising emerging artists. This prompted Kashap to return to the United States and complete her Master's Degree in 2014 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, one of the leading classical music institutions in the world. 

Upon graduating, Kashap moved to New York City to re-immerse herself in the world of acting via a year-long theater intensive at the HB Studio in Greenwhich Village. To further develop her craft, Kashap subsequently continued her training at the Stella Adler Conservatory, The William Esper Studio, the Penny Templeton Studio, the Terry Schreiber Studio, Upright Citizens Brigade, and with private Alexander and Fitzmaurice vocal technique coaches in New York City.  Kashap continues to hone her craft and immerse herself in the study of theater.

Currently living in New York City and Canada, Kashap is pursuing the acting experience on stage, film and television. Kashap is also on the Faculty of Music at the 92nd Street Y and maintains a robust private piano studio in Manhattan.

"I was an actor when I was young and I'm a performer at heart. I'm really going to find a way to do this," Kashap says.Cam FullerSaskatoon Star Phoenix
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"Helen Kashap: Homecoming feels SSO fine" Magazine of the Saskatoon Start Phoenix
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"Kashap Shines on Her Home Stage"Hannah ScissonsSaskatoon Star Phoenix
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"All in the family: Kashap pairs with parents for concert"Hannah ScissonsSaskatoon Star Phoenix
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"Helen Kashap is a bit of a rebel. Her parents are violinists but she plays piano. "Cam FullerSaskatoon Star Phoenix
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"Saskatchewan-born Helen Kashap is proud to take the stage for her professional orchestral debut playing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2" CBC Saskatchewan
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"Young Musicians Rock North Bay Symphony Competition" Alison BrownleeMuskoka Region News
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"Two classically trained musicians want to take your breath away"Alison BrownleeMuskoka Region News
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Kashap thrilled about return to 'favourite place' Joe CoutureLeader-Post
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Lubka Kolessa Piano Scholarship: McGill UniversityMcGill University
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Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in D Minor K. 1
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Frederic Chopin
Waltz in E minor Op. Posth
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Frederic Chopin
Waltz Op. 64 No. 1
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Frederic Chopin
Grand Valse Brillante
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Howard Bashaw
Prelude: Dita Correnti
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Helen Photos


Kashap: Alexina Louie: I Leap Through the Sky With Stars [Excerp
Recorded in Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music
Kashap plays Domenico Scarlatti - YouTube
Domenico Scarlatti Sonata K. 1 in D minor Recorded May 2014, Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, Montreal, QC FACTOR Canada funded, Di Condax, Planet Studios
Chopin Etude op. 10 No. 8 - YouTube
Helen Kashap plays Chopin etude. op. 10 no. 8. Recorded in Pollack Hall at McGill University, Montreal QC. Nov. 10th, 2010.
Helen Kashap plays Beethoven Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, "P
Beethoven Sonata No. 8 Op. 13, recorded live at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Nov. 2013