• Helena Buckmayer


  • "An almost elfin musicality"

    -Broadway


  • "Magnificient phrasing with a feather light touch"

    -Süddeutsche Zeitung


  • "A moving performance…where her hands were stroking the keys effortlessly"

    -Peeblesshire News


  • "An oasis of poetry"

    -Südwestpresse


  • "With convincing pianistic poetry"

    -Schwäbische Zeitung

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Biography

Acclaimed Pianist Helena Buckmayer lives in Scotland where she enjoys her career as a performing artist, piano lecturer and adjudicator.

As a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician Helena has performed and toured through Germany, Switzerland, France, Britain, Japan, United States and Canada with several concerts being broadcast on television and radio, playing in venues such as Ulmer Kornhaus, Frankfurter Dom, Usher Hall, Queen’s Hall, Kobe Concert Hall, Matsue Concert Hall, Hamamatsu Concert Hall, Greyfriar’s Kirk, Canongate Kirk and Ardkinglas House. She performed with conductors such as Philip Jordan, Roberto Paternoster, Kenneth Kiesler, Robert Dick, Henning Kussel, Tim Paxton and orchestras such as Orchestra of the Canongait, Augsburger Philharmoniker, Wurttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Sewannee Symphony Orchestra, Peebles Orchestra, New Edinburgh Orchestra and Collegium Musicum and more.

As a young player, she was a prizewinner at various national and international youth competitions including the biggest German competition Jugend Musiziert where she was also awarded a special prize for her accompaniment and the Yamaha Piano Competition. She performed within various music series for young musicians and was fortunate enough to receive numerous accolades, including awards from the German Magazine Hörzu, the Cultural Institute for the Arts in Baden-Württemberg, the City of Ulm, the Johanneson International School of the Arts in Victoria (Canada).

As artistic director she organised a Schumann festival, a Czech Music Fest and Young Chamber Music, projects which were aiming to promote less heard music while also giving performance opportunities for young musicians. These events were generously supported by the German Consulate in Edinburgh, Enterprise Music Scotland, Gideon Klein Foundation in Prague and others.

In recent years, she has been focusing on nurturing young musical talent within a specialised environment and within various music courses training young pianists from all around the world (Britain, Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, China and Dubai). She works primarily at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh but also teaches at the Junior Department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Many of her pupils have moved on to study at top conservatoires and have been prizewinners at national and international competitions. For many years now, she has been an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London.

Helena’s main focus in her piano teaching is to eradicate unwanted tension by developing an awareness from an early age, to enable every pupil to play in an effortless, pain-free way by combining clearly thought-out physical movements with musical expressions and hence allowing uncompromised artistic involvement.

Her research and work in this specialised area led her to many outstanding pedagogues including Edna Golandsky in New York.

Throughout her life, Helena has been privileged to have been taught by some of the finest teachers who shaped her musical thinking and playing profoundly such as Béla Síki (Seattle) who was Dinu Lipatti's assistant, Fernande Kaeser (Stuttgart) who was also a Lipatti pupil and a protégé by Clara Haskil, Bernard Roberts (RCM, London) and György Sebök (Bloomington, USA). Further influenced and worked with Yonty Solomon, Leonard Hokanson, Wan Ing Ong, Maria Sofianska, Michael Gurt, Samuel Sanders, Gary Hammond, Eudice Shapiro and more

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Coming Up

Online Piano Summer School August 3rd to 7th

Absolutely delighted to be part of the summer school again. Joined by some of my wonderful colleagues and two magnificent British pianists, Danny Driver and Steven Osborne. This year, our participants are from Dubai, Greece, Hong Kong and all over Britain.

See here for more details.

Young Chamber Music

Young Chamber Music

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Jan 01, 1999 | RCS | 1

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A wonderful summer course at the RCS working with talented children from China.

August 2019 | Music Topic | 1

Article 2

A wonderful week in August: Our first piano summer course at St Mary Music School with participants from all over Scotland and Dubai. See here for more.

Summer 2020 | Music Topic | 1

Article 3

Despite lockdown and all lessons happening online, I have been so impressed and happy for my student Antonio who got into the final of the Concurso Internacional de Piano in Seville. Hard work and sheer dedication always pays off. Bravo Antonio! See here for more.

Summer 2020 | Music Topic | 1

Article 4

The Directors’ Recital Prize final at St. Mary’s Music School is always the absolute highlight of the year. Our most able and advanced four pupils are selected to perform a short programme usually in the beautiful St Mary’s Cathedral. This year due to the Covid 19 lockdown in Scotland, the recitals were recorded in Glasgow at the RSNO centre. Congratulations to all the finalist but of course, I have been particularly proud and happy for my pupil Pavlina who performed truly magnificently. Watch the final here.

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