Ann Martin-Davis’ love of 20th and contemporary art crosses all genres and this has led to a career pursuing new and appealing ways of presenting solo piano and chamber music.
Her programmes ‘reinvigorated chamber music’ (The Times) and her work in this area was recognised by the Royal Philharmonic Society when ‘Sound Bites’ (her Nigella Lawson recipe song programme) was nominated alongside Glyndebourne Opera for the prestigious Audience Development Award.
Ann studied at the Royal College of Music with Phyllis Sellick, where she won the College’s premier piano prize, the Chappell Gold Medal. She subsequently won a German Government scholarship to study with Arie Vardi in Hanover and was privileged to work with Gyorgy Sebok at the Banff centre in Canada.
In addition to her recital and recording work, Ann has a wealth of educational experience, not just in master-class environments, but also with continued professional development for teachers. She has been described as “inspirational” and during the last five years has trained over 4000 piano teachers throughout South East Asia and the UK for numerous professional music associations.
Ann teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and was recently the Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford Music Department.
‘A distinguished scholar and pianist’
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 was the silver medalist 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.
´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…here was ensemble playing of the highest order, spiced up by dazzling virtuoso performances from all six musicians’.
The Straits Times, Singapore
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.