Helena Duarte began her musical studies at the age of 12 in the Escola Profissional de Música de Viana do Castelo in the violin class of Professor Armando Gonzalez. In 2001 she graduated with the best grades in the class.
In that same year, she entered the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, where she studied violin with Prof. Khatchatur Amirkhanian, and chamber music with Professor Olga Prats. There, she was also part of a contemporary music group. Helena graduated in 2005.
She participated in several violin, chamber music and also improvisation and contemporary music interpretation master classes. She has collaborated with several orchestras, among which Orquestra Sinfónica da Póvoa do Varzim, Aproarte Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra and Sinfonietta de Lisboa, where she was chief of the second violins.
She has already worked with important conductors and soloists of the national and international musical panorama, namely: Lawrence Foster, P. Zukerman, Simone Young, Mischa Maisky, Artur Pizarro, Ernest Schelle, Cesário Costa, Àlvaro Cassuto, Osvaldo Ferreira, António Saiote, among others.
For several years, she was a scholar of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
Since 2006, she is a violin professor in the Conservatório Regional do Algarve Maria Campina.
Currently, she is co-principal of second violins in Orquestra Clássica do Sul (previous Orquestra do Algarve).