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.
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7 February 2013
Jette Parker Young Artist Helen Nicolas on what it takes to work with The Royal Ballet.
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