Biography


Helen Reid – Piano

"It was clear we were in not only capable but rather a special pair of hands…Reid's beautifully poised, tenderly imagined and finely focused playing re-educated and refined the ear." Hilary Finch, The Times

"In Yorkshire-bred Helen Reid there is not only a fearsome technical ability contained within her slight frame, but also an emotional quotient beyond her years…she can immerse herself in any mood without a shred of artifice" Ham&High

Helen Reid first came to public attention when she appeared on BBC2 in the National Keyboard Finals of the BBC Young Musician competition in 1998. In 2000 she won first prize in the Karic International Piano Competition. In 2006 she was hailed as a ‘rising star’ in The Independent magazine.

Helen has given recitals all around in England, at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Fairfield Halls and Blackheath Halls, London, St. George’s, Bristol, Cheltenham, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and the Aldeburgh and Buxton Festivals. She has performed in Spain, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Concerto performances have included Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto with the Westmoreland Orchestra and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Aurelian Ensemble at Blackheath Halls and the world premiere of David Matthews' Piano Concerto, at Dartington International Summer School. Helen has played a wide range of chamber music, with artists such as Paul Archibald - trumpet, John Kenny - trombone, Sheida Davis - cello, and Fenella Humphreys - violin.

Helen studied at Chetham’s School, Royal Holloway University and Cologne Music College, completing a Master’s Degree at City University and the Guildhall School of Music. She is currently professor of piano at Bristol University, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Cheltenham Ladies College, and has been invited to give masterclasses at Gdansk Conservatoire, Bristol and Hull Universities, Dartington International Summer School and Pro Corda.

Helen also founded Blackbird Early Years Music (www.blackbirdeym.com), running music foundation classes and concerts for children in Bristol. Future performances include the London Premiere of David Matthews' Piano Concerto, with the St. Paul's Sinfonia, conducted by Andy Morley.

Please email helenreidpiano@yahoo.co.uk, to contact Helen directly.