Helen Krizos

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Professor of Piano and Pedagogy


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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.

Her 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 masterclasses in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Spain, Norway, Austria, China and Singapore.

Current and Future Research

Preparation for fellowship to the Higher Education Academy.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Principal Study Piano – UG and PG level
  •   MEC 4 SKS – Music In Education – Teaching Skills for Year 4 students in one:one teaching.
  •   Year 3 – Placement Leader and teacher – Teaching Skills for Year 3 students in one: one teaching
  • Chamber Music Teaching




Postgraduate Teaching

Practical Pedagogy Option A for PG students including Masters in Performance students.

  • Lecturer in General Sessions
  • Tutor for Piano Specific Curriculum.

Professional Activity

Member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians

Member of the European Piano Teachers Association

Piano Advisor for Yorkshire Young Musicians

Piano Consultant for Ampleforth College, Yorkshire.

Regular Master classes given for the Junior RNCM piano department.