Helen Burford is a critically acclaimed pianist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and musical explorer who is noted for her joyful approach to concert programming and her skilful, exciting playing. Her recitals challenge tradition with combinations of old and new music, jazz, baroque, non-Western and contemporary works programmed in such a way that surprising connections are exposed and older works may be experienced in a new light. As well as the piano, Helen also plays the Indian santoor, harmonium, toy piano and percussion and combines performances on all her instruments in fascinating, progressive and exotic concert programmes. Her solo album 'BHOOMA' is due for release later this year and features works by Peter Feuchtwanger, Fazil Say, Bill Evans, Philip Glass, Chick Corea, original compositions and a new commission from Stephen Montague.
Helen regularly gives concerts and workshops throughout the UK and Europe at diverse venues, festivals and conferences. She has performed at the Southbank Centre's Purcell Room, the Sir Adrian Boult Hall, St. Paul's Cathedral (musician-in-residence 2007) and at many cultural festivals throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. She has also broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She has studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, University of Sussex and SOAS (University of London). Her teachers have included Heather Slade-Lipkin, Darla Crispin, Penelope Roskell, Peter Feuchtwanger and Ustad Kiranpal Singh.