Helen Krizos has had a distinguished career both as performer and teacher. As a performer she enjoyed working in a piano duo partnership for many years which led to recognition within the UK as one of the most sought-after ensembles. She performed regularly on BBC radio 3 and made highly successful recordings for Hyperion.
For many years Helen was Deputy Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music where she now continues as principal lecturer in piano. She has a passionate interest in developing pedagogy to train the next generation of piano teachers and established this programme at the RNCM. This course has included a practical teaching element with a desire to offer opportunities for student teachers to work with local primary school children who would not otherwise have the chance to learn an instrument.
Helen’s students have won prizes, nationally and internationally. Successes include winner of the Piano Category BBC Young Musician of the year; first prize in piano, Royal Overseas League competition; first prize Tunbridge Wells International Piano Competition; Netherlands International competition; Ettlingen and Porto.
Alumni students make important musical contributions with varied career paths: establishing themselves as chamber musicians, solo pianists, accompanists, teachers of music faculties internationally, and conductors in West End and at English National Opera.
As an internationally recognised teacher Helen has given master classes in UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Spain, Norway, Austria, China and Singapore.
When not working Helen enjoys the solitude of early morning walks in the countryside and spending time with family, and friends with a special love of entertaining Greek style!