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Helen Nicholas

Jette Parker Young Artist

Biography

Helen Nicholas in action.
Helen Nicholas, Jette Parker Young Artists Programme © Andrej Uspenski

Pianist Helen Nicholas joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2012. She principally works with The Royal Ballet and has joined its music staff for many works during the 2012/13 Season: 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. She plays regularly for class and education events.

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, and she is inspired by the music of Ravel and Liszt.

News and features

See the opera stars of tomorrow for free at ROH lunchtime recitals

See the opera stars of tomorrow for free at ROH lunchtime recitals

7 January 2014

Jette Parker Young Artists on why recitals are as important as singing on stage.

The role of a Ballet Pianist: What it takes to accompany The Royal Ballet

The role of a Ballet Pianist: What it takes to accompany The Royal Ballet

7 February 2013

Jette Parker Young Artist Helen Nicolas on what it takes to work with The Royal Ballet.

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