Sven grew up in Eisenhüttenstadt, a planned city in Eastern Germany. This is where he discovered music from local brass bands, his parents’ vinyls and the few stations that he could pick up on his homemade radio. Electronic bricolage was his first passion and remained an element in his later music.
He started out learning clarinet and guitar, later moving on to drums. Sven regularly orchestrates for Pet Shop Boys, like the ballet The Most Incredible Thing at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre as well as The Man from the Future, which celebrated its debut at the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall.
On Berlin’s station Radio Eins he has his own weekly radio show Schöne Töne.
"...classical music language with a laid-back, postmodern sensibility."
"Helbig is a master at evoking a rich convoy of textures, moods and emotions with a minimum of notes."
"Listening to Sven Helbig, you can hear the turn of the universe. It’s astonishing, and has far more in common with the atmospheric post-rock of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, or the mesmerizing elegance of Sigur Ros than with Beethoven’s Fifth."
Drowned in Sound