Helga Karen (1991) is a Finnish pianist specialized in performance of classical contemporary music. She has performed as a soloist and chamber music musician in various contemporary music festivals such as Lucerne Festival, SoundScape, Musica Nova, ISA2015, Stockhausen Courses and Concerts, Impuls Academy and International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt. Helga has given world premiere performances of works for piano solo and chamber music, as well as played as a member of such orchestras and ensembles as Basel Symphony Orchestra, Basel Sinfonietta, Lucerne Festival Academy and Ensemble Phoenix Basel. Helga is a part of an award winning duo Duo Tied (piano, percussion) and performs frequently with her trio Trio Caelum (piano, cello, clarinet).
Currently Helga is a project manager of the new school music program for Maestro Daniel Barenboim at the Daniel Barenboim Stiftung in Berlin in collaboration with the Berlin Cosmopolitan School. Additionally she is working on her PhD on Stockhausen's piano pieces at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
Helga has been an invited lecturer in Perm Music Academy (Russia) giving lectures on special piano preparation techniques and on K.Stockhausen's piece Kontakte.
The highlights of the season 2019-2020 include the performance of the children show "Fairytales without Words", written, directed and performed by Helga, shown in Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. The same season she shared the stage with such artists as Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Dirk Rothbrust at Lucerne Festival, and with Zafraan Ensemble at the Forum Wallis.
Helga has won several prizes at various competitions, as a soloist and with chamber music groups, including 1st prizes in Giovani Musicisti music competition, Stockhausen Concert and Courses, Karlsruhe Contemporary Music Competition and Orpheus Chamber Music Competition.
Helga has received her Diploma in piano pedagogy from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, completed her pedagogical studies in Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien and received her Master in Specialized Performance in Contemporary Music Degree from Basel Music Academy in 2016. She has studied under the tutelage of professors Jürg Henneberger, Mike Svoboda, Marcus Weiss, Joonas Pohjonen, Manon-Liu Winter and Ella Untamala. She has taken part in master classes with professors Boris Berman, Adolf Plá, Stefan Bojsten, Ian Pace, Benjamin Kobler, Florian Müller, Nicholas Hodges, Florian Hoelscher and Dimitri Vassilakis. Helga has worked together with Helmut Lachenmann, Rebecca Saunders, Jörg Widmann, Vinko Globokar, Uljas Pulkkis and Jannik Giger.