Helen was a scholar and prize winner at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the JBR trophy at the Royal Over-Seas League competition. She subsequently studied with Alexander Satz in Vienna with the help of an Austrian Government Scholarship. Helen was one of the major prize winners at the International Young Concert Artists Competition and was the silver medallist in the Brant International Piano Competition.
In the last year, she has performed across Europe both as soloist and chamber musician, with her innovative multi-media programmes drawing much critical acclaim.
'With the multifaceted creativity of the pianist Helen Leek, Clara Schumann herself would have been proud.' The Frankfurter Allgemeine
'The real hero of the performance was undoubtedly Helen Leek...here was ensemble playing of the highest order, spiced up by dazzling virtuoso performances from all six musicians'. The Straits Times, Singapore
Helen teaches piano at Royal Holloway, University of London, has given masterclasses in the UK, Singapore and Thailand and runs her own residential piano course in South-West France, from where she also delivers on-line workshops. She adjudicates festivals in the UK, has acted as adjudicator for competitions within the Royal College of Music, and is an examiner and trainer for the ABRSM, for whom she has also recorded teaching videos.
Her exciting new teaching website has a wealth of information that students might find useful at: masterpianist.org