Graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen 2011.
Bachelor degree as Tonmeister (sound engineering) and Master degree in composition.
Studies with composers Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen, Niels Rosing-Schow and Hans Peter Stubbe Teglbjærg, film scoring studies with composer Hans-Erik Philip at The National Film School of Denmark.
Grew up in Russia (85-90) and Latvia (90-2003), where he studied composition with Juris Karlsons at The Latvian National Music Academy in Riga. 30 performances of new music works, as well as 3 comercial album releases (1999-2002) as composer and frontman in the band “Aparats” (Baltic Records Group) during the stay in Riga.
The love of the eastern European culture has been a major influence on the artistic work since. As of 2003 the professional career is in Copenhagen as a composer and producer.
Compositions span a range of genres, from chamber music to orchestral works and electro-acoustic sound installations (most recently "Kakodrome" for 21 remote controlled guitars and reverberation)
Works performed on festivals as Spark festival in Minneapolis (US), “Clash festival” (DK), “Pulsar Festival”(DK) “New Music Days” (DK), and "Avant-garde to the present day " in St. Petersburg (Russia).
The music portfolio includes work for Film and Animation (Kamikaze film, JPS Studio a.o.) and program music (most recently music for the national "Safe Traffic Council’s” web-platform. “Dating.dk”, and “Viasat TV3”) As well as professional pop and indie music releases.
Peter Helms has enjoyed reverence for his goal of bringing to life an imaginative blend of futuristic kitsch, pop art and Eastern European minimalism (most recently Monrad & Helms).
Collaborations inclulde ensembles as Sjælands Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Erimitage-Orchestra, Ensemble Recherche, Corona Guitar quartet and the Messer quartet. Soloists as Janne Thomsen, Elina Valhala, Volkmar Zimmerman and directors as Anika Berg, Ali Abbasi, Kira Richards Hansen and Nils Skapans, The International collaborations have led to numerous performances in Scandinavia, the Baltics, Russia and the United States.
Member of the Danish Composers society since 2007.
Co-founder of the recording studio "Studiet på Frederiksberg”.
Master in Composition at The Royal Danish Academy of Music (DK 2008-2011)
Studies with Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen, Niels Rosing-Schow and Hans Peter Stubbe Teglbjærg Composition studies at the National Conservatory of China, Beijing (CHN 2010)
Film scoring studies The Danish Film school with Hans-Erik Philip (DK 2010 – 2013)
Bachelor in Sound Engineering (Tonmeister) at The Royal Danish Academy of Music (DK 2004-2007)Composition studies at The Latvian Music Academy in Riga, Latvia (LV 2000 – 2003)
High-school in Copenhagen, Denmark (DK 1996 – 1999)
Elementary School in Riga, Latvia (LV 1990 – 1995)
Elementary School in Moscow, Russia (RU 1985 – 1990)
“Audite Me, Ergo Sum” for Electronics and two performers. SONIC festival (DK 2018)
“The Matrioshka Brain Variations” for Artificial Intelligence and performer. KLANG festival (DK 2018)
"Advanced Avantgarde", digital computer music - collaboration with fellow composer Anders Monrad (DK 2018)
“Rådet for Sikker Trafik” Sounddesign and programmusic for the danish traffic council webplatform (DK 2017)
“Golden Diamond Show” For Electronics and automated traffic lights (DK 2017)
“Grandfather became a ghost” Music for theatre performance. Commissioned by theatre “Gavrosh” Moscow (RU 2016). “Birds” Soundinstallation for birds and electronics (quadraphonic) (DK 2015)
"Future Force" Sounddesign and programmusic for the interactive performance by Jens Bäckvall (DK 2014)
“Moore Bands” Music, Sounddesign and graphic design for the children’s App “Moore Bands” (App Store 2014)
“Game Over for Men and women” for three gu-zhengs, theremin, gran casa, live electronics, Slap Bass and Opera Singer. Commissioned for copenhagen “New Music Days” (DK 2013)
“Two Birds looking at the sun” for Two Gu-Zheng vibraphone, electronics and voice. Pulsar festival (DK 2011)
“Music for Strings” for String orchestra commissioned by ”Avantgarde to our days” festival Skr.petersburg Russia (RU 2011) ”Sharp Blur” Spectral electronics “Clash” Festival i Den grå hal, Christiania (DK 2010)
“True Love Powertext” for announcer and 8 channel electronics. Den grå hal, Christiania (DK 2010)
”The major twist” For symphony orchestra. Opført i 2010 af Sjælands symfoniorkester. Pulsar Festival (DK 2010)
“Kakodrome” Interactive installation for 21 remote controlled guitars and reverb (Octaphonic). Christiania Clash” Festival (DK 2010)
“One tone Less” For mixed choir, guitar and electronics “ UNM-festival Helsinki, Finland (FI 2010)
“Homophony” woodwind trio Performed by ensemble ”Recherche” in Odense (DK2009)
”Rollercoaster rock’n’roll” Guitar quartet, string orchestra + percussion. Commissioned by Corona Guitar quartet (RU 2009)
”Sustained” for string quartet - skt.Petersburg 2008 Performed in Minneapolis on ”Spark” festival (US 2008).
”Alarmclock Dreaming” for two “kokle” (Latvian traditional instrument), accordeon and flute (SWE, NO, FI 2004)
“The Rally Trilogy” for two pianos (LV 2002)
Music for Film
“Genkendelsen” Directed by Kira Richards Hansen Original Score (DK 2017)
“Gristina” Directed by Malte Pedersson Kamikaze Film CPH - Original Score (DK 2017)
“Rådet for Sikker Trafik” webplatform Sounddesign and programmusic for - Composer (DK 2017)
Various Collaborations (Original Score) with directors in association with the National Filmschool of Denmark:
Annika Berg, Ali Abbasi, Karoline Lyngbye Pedersen, Isabella Eklöf, Asger Krøjer Kallesøe, Nikolaj B. Feifer (DK 2011-2015)
“Jagten på det ny Norge” -Sturla Pilskog, Blåst Film NRK Original Score (NO 2011)
”Half a bear” Animation Nils Skapans JPS Studija Latvia Original Score (LV 2007)
”Daddy goes to London” Animation Nils Skapans JPS Studija Latvia Original Score (LV 2004)
Does it look like happiness” documentary JPS Suidija Latvia Original Score (LV 2001)
"Advanced Avantgarde"(Digital + Vinyl LP) Collaboration with fellow composer Anders Monrad - Composer/Producer (DK 2018)
“Raw Elegance” Album by percussion artist Ying-Hsueh Chen. Producer (DK 2018)
“Loading Screen Story”(Digital) Debut EP by Pierre Phillips - Producer (DK 2017)
“Eponym” (Digital + Vinyl LP) Debut album by danish electro duo “Spectaro” - Producer (DK 2017)
“Aufori”(Digital + Vinyl LP) Self-titled debut album by Danish Indie trio - Producer (DK 2017)
“Ancestral Modernism Tri(o)logy”, (Digital, CD, Video) by percussion artist Ying-Hsueh Chen - Producer (DK 2017)
“Kottos”(Digital + CD) Danish Radio P2 Award wining self-titled album by Progressive Folk Quartet - Producer (DK 2016)
“Karambolage” (Digital + Vinyl LP) Self titled progressive electro-Rap album - Author/Producer (DK 2012)
“Teleskops” (Digital + CD) 2nd album by the Latvian band “Mofo” (Platform Records) - Recording Engineer/Coproducer (LV 2009).
“Mona De Bo” (Digital + Vinyl LP) Debut album by the Latvian band “Mona De Bo”(Rudolf Records) - Producer (LV 2008)
“Pelicula” (Digital + CD) Debut album by “Rasmus Møldrup Jazz quartet”(Gateway) -Producer (DK 2008)
“Running to the sun” (Digital + CD) Debut album by the Latvian band “The Movies” (Melo Records) - Mix engineer/Producer (LV 2004) ”Stor Dreng” (CD) by “Hystereo” DR P3’s “KarriereKanonen” compilation (DR) Composer/Producer (DK 2004)
”Lielgabals un Zvirbulis” (CD) 2nd album by the Latvian band “Aparats” Composer/Producer (LV 2003)
”Gaidot kamer gradi krit” (CD) debut album by the Latvian band ”Karlis Aspirins un Onkulis Dzenis” - Composer/Producer (LV 2003)
”ZZZ” (Digital + CD) debut album by the Latvian band “Aparats” (”Baltic Records Group”) - Composer/Producer (LV 2001)
”King Friend” (Digital + Vinyl LP) debut album by the danish band ”King Friend” - Composer/Musician (DK 1999)
Awards and Grants
Houseatrist at Holte-Hus efterskole.Danish Arts Foundation (DK 2018)
Danish Radio P2 Listeners Award for the debut album by Progressive Folk Quartet “Kottos”- Producer (DK 2016)
Grants - Danish Arts Foundation (DK 2014, 2016, 2018)
Danish Radio P3’s “KarriereKanonen” (DK 2004)
Audience Award for “On the other side...” for sinfonietta. Randers Byorkesters Composers contest (DK 2001)
“Peter Helms and Aparats” from “Rokupacija!” By Uldis Rudaks (LV 2008)
- excerpt based on interviews with Peter Helms on he’s musical work during the Latvian period. Elected member of The Danish Composers Society ( DK 2007)
“Sinepes un Medus” Latvian music contest. Award for most original musician (LV 2003)
“Liepajas Dzintars” Latvian music contest. Award for best Band “Aparats” (LV 2002)