Pianist Helen Nicholas was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2012–13, during which time she joined the music staff of The Royal Ballet on productions including In the Hothouse, Viscera, Concerto, Las hermanas, Requiem, The Nutcracker, The Firebird, Raymonda, 24 Preludes, Aeternum, Onegin, La Valse, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, La Bayadère and Raven Girl.
Nicholas grew up in Poole, Dorset. She began playing piano at the age of five and by her early teens was a regular performer at music festivals and competitions. She studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she received the Nancy Thomas Prize for the highest achieving undergraduate pianist. She went on to further studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Carole Presland and achieved a Masters degree with Distinction.
She performs frequently as a soloist and with musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Concert repertory includes works by Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Gershwin and Shostakovich. She released her debut solo recording The Debut in 2014.
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Young Artist Helen Nicholas taking a ballet class for staff of the Royal Opera House © Andrej Uspenski
Jette Parker Young Artists Helen Nicholas and Jean-Paul Pruna performing in a lunchtime recital in the Paul Hamlyn Hall © ROH 2013
Helen Nicholas, Jette Parker Young Artists Programme © Andrej Uspenski