Helen was a scholar and prize winner at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the JBR trophy at the Royal Over-Seas League competition. She subsequently studied with Alexander Satz in Vienna with the help of an Austrian Government Scholarship. Helen was one of the major prize winners at the International Young Concert Artists Competition and won 2nd prize in the Brant International Piano Competition.
In the last year, she has performed across Europe both as soloist and chamber musician, with her innovative multi-media programmes drawing much critical acclaim.
Helen teaches piano at Royal Holloway, University of London, has given masterclasses in the UK, Singapore and Thailand, adjudicates festivals in the UK, has acted as adjudicator for competitions within the Royal College of Music, and is an examiner and trainer for the ABRSM.
"With the multifaceted creativity of the pianist Helen Leek, Clara Schumann herself would have been proud."
The Frankfurter Allgemeine
"The real hero of the performance was undoubtedly Helen Leek, who might have carried the whole weight of the remaining orchestral material, but with such finesse and discretion that one was never conscious of the immense task facing her. Here was ensemble playing of the highest order, spiced up by dazzling virtuoso performances from all six musicians."
The Straits Times/Singapore, September 2011