Frans Helmerson first studied his instrument under Guido Vecchi in Gothenburg, before going on to further studies under Giuseppe Selmi in Rome and William Pleeth in London. He also benefited from the advice and encouragement of Rostropovich and Celibidache. In 1971, he won the Cassado Competition in Florence. His career as a soloist has taken him to every continent. He has had fruitful collaborations with great conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Colin Davis, Neeme Järvi, Evgeni Svetlanov, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Herbert Blomstedt, Sergiu Comissiona, Kurt Sanderling, and Mstislav Rostropovich. His recordings of the Dvoøák and Shostakovich concertos are regarded as benchmarks. He is also a keen chamber musician and performs regularly at festivals, including the Verbier, the Pablo Casals, and the Ravinia festivals. From 1994 to 2001, he was artistic director of the Korsholm Music Festival in Finland. He founded the Michelangelo String Quartet in 2002 with Mihaela Martin, Stephan Picard, and Nobuko Imai. Frans Helmerson teaches at the Kronberg Akademie and is a Guest Professor at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.