Torbjörn Helander started off his musical path as a recorder player, performed as a soloist with orchestras and participated in masterclasses with Clas Pehrsson and Dan Laurin already at the age of 11. Then followed studies in violin, viola, piano and composition. With the viola as the main instrument he studied at the Malmö College of Music with Josef Kodousek and Henrik Frendin, and in 1991, at the age of 20 he became principal violist of Malmö Opera Orchestra. He also took masterclasses and lessons with other prominent musicians such as David Takeno, Lars Anders Tomter and members of the Alban Berg Quartet. Since 1996 Torbjörn lives in Stockholm and holds a position in Kungliga Hovkapellet (Royal Swedish Orchestra). He performs often in different chamber music constellations, in radio and television and appears on a number of CD:s.
As a composer Torbjörn has a long list of works, mainly chamber works, including songs and ballet music. He works with choreographers, for example Gunnlaugur Egilsson, to whom he composed music to his piece Membran, that was also broadcasted in Swedish television from a performance in the city hall. As an arranger he has worked with the Czech choreographer Filip Veverka, who in november 2017 created a full length ballet, Manon, for the Plzeň Opera house, where Torbjörn put together, arranged and orchestrated music by Aleksandr Glazunov. He has also written music for film maker Johan Heurgren.
In september 2018 his Kammarsymfoni (Chamber Symphony) had its first performance at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm. This work reached the final round in Los Angeles-based Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra´s competition/call for scores 2019 out of over 2200 applications.