Professor Helena Gaunt is Vice Principal and Director of Guildhall Innovation at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and a Lector in Music, Education and Society at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague. She is a National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Research interests include one-to-one instrumental/vocal tuition in music, ensemble practices and collaborative learning in the performing arts, and creative entrepreneurship.
She is Chair of the Innovative Conservatoire (ICON), an international partnership dedicated to curriculum and leadership development in specialist music education. She is also co-editor of Music Performance Research and a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Music Education.
Alongside research, she is an oboist, was a member of the Britten Sinfonia for many years, and is a Trustee of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.