Professorial Staff - Vocal Coach & Piano
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
The Music Faculty
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444
Critically acclaimed as both a recitalist and a vocal coach, Helen Yorke performed with Renée Fleming throughout America as well as Europe for more than a decade. In 1991 she arrived in New York to take up the position of German Lyric Diction and opera/song coach at the Julliard School. Thereafter, she co-ordinated the piano and vocal coaching program at Westminster Choir College in Princeton and as a vocal/piano duo coach in recital repertoire at the Manhattan School of Music, New York.Helen leads a varied career as a performer and teacher. Her appearances as soloist, chamber musician and partner in song recital have taken her to distinguished venues worldwide, including Salzburg, Tanglewood, Edinburgh, Buxton and Bayreuth festivals and many leading concert halls, such as Oslo, Seoul, Amsterdam, Washington D.C., New York, Paris, Prague, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Brussels, performing a broad and varied reportoire. She has collaborated with several of today’s foremost artists, including Sally Burgess, Dimitri Hvorostovsky, Hiliary Hahn, Hans-Peter Blochwitz, Gervase de Peyer, Marilyn Horne, Cornelius Hauptmann and Tom Randle. Helen has recorded with the BBC London and Scottish as well as the Tanglewood Festival.She studies piano solo in London with Ruth Nye, a former protégé of Claudio Arrau and currently divides her teaching studio between Tokyo and London.
For more information, visit Helen Yorke's website.
Qualifications/ Educational Background
Helen studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and graduated with honours; then, on a scholarship, she specialised in instrument and vocal ensemble playing at the Royal Academy of Music. Her studies continued with Hartmut Hoell, Rainer Hoffmann and Leonard Hokanson on a German Government scholarship in Frankfurt and Cologne. During that time Helen worked in the voice studios of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth Soederstroem and Sena Jurinac, in Stuttgart, Berlin, Paris and London, also participating in master classes with acclaimed pianist Vlado Perlemuter, and collaborating with renowned conductors, the late Sir Georg Solti, and Mr Julius Rudel.
Helen has held teaching positions at the Julliard School, NY, Westminster Choir College, Princeton, the Manhattan School, NY and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow. In addition she has led numerous master classes throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, Hong Kong, and Australia, and directed her own course of coaching for singers and pianist called "The Energy and Dynamics of Performance".
Recipient of the ARAM, a diploma awarded by the Royal Academy of Music for the achievemnt of distinction in the music profession.