Helge Slaatto was born in 1952 in Oslo, Norway, and studied with Maria Lidka, Sandor Végh and Dorothy Delay. He is Professor at the Hochschule für Musik der Universität Münster, Germany, and was concertmaster of the Odense Symphony Orchestra, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen and Randers Chamber Orchestra, Denmark.
In London in the 1970s, together with pianist/conductor Jan Latham-Koenig and the Koenig Ensemble, he championed works by Janáček, Poulenc and Szymanowski. His encounter with Hans Werner Henze at the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano, where Helge was a regular guest for many years, was of lasting importance.
He is a renowned interpreter of contemporary music and since 1988 has premiered more than 50 duo works with double bass player Frank Reinecke. Together they received Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for their recording of Wolfgang von Schweinitz´s Plainsound Glissando Modulation.
Helge has played extensively as a soloist, including appearances at important European festivals, including the Lucern Festival, Musica Viva Munich and many others. As teacher of some of the leading young talents of today, he has given master classes in Germany, Greece, Denmark, Portugal, Switzerland, Mexico, the USA and South Korea.