pianist | Vocal coach |speaker | writer
Helen is a pianist, vocal coach, keynote speaker and freelance writer.
Helen trained as a recital and chamber music pianist at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in the UK. This was followed by a period of study with mentor Hartmut Hoell in Frankfurt and Koeln in Germany.
“... Virtuostically accompanied by Helen Yorke”
Michael Kennedy, Edinburgh Festival
Helen’s vocal coaching and consulting has developed from her role as a pianist through numerous international masterclasses and close intensive collaboration with top level singers.
"She is fun to work with; practical and imaginative"
Gavin Henderson CBE, Dartington International Summer School
Helen is an accomplished presenter and public speaker. She has given Masterclasses on vocal performance and she has facilitated workshops on developing stage presence and managing performance-related challenges . She is a recognised speaker at national and international venues.
“Helen Yorke was her thoughtful and dynamic pianist…a full partner in the evening’s triumph”
Tim Page, Washington Post
Her most long standing partnership was with Renée Fleming, performing as her exclusive recital pianist for over a decade of concerts world-wide.
a journey narrated by music
Helen moved to New York to take up a position as an opera and German lyric diction coach at the Juilliard School of Music. This was followed by a post as a German song coach at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. During this time, she also developed freelance recording and piano performance projects. She subsequently worked as a vocal coach at the Manhattan School of Music.
Helen returned to London and took up a position as a vocal coach and piano tutor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She is currently also a vocal coach at Birmingham University and teaches piano at Imperial College in London.
pianist | vocal coach | speaker | writer