Hailed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer for her “beautiful rich sound, impressive temperament and passion”, pianist Hélène Jeanney born in Paris to an American mother and French Father started musical studies at age five. She graduated from the Paris Conservatory at age 17 (studio of Germaine Mounier) with First Prize in Piano and Chamber Music, then won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Indiana University with György Sebök, and later on with Menahem Pressler for whom she became Professor Assistant. She also holds a Professional Studies Degree from the Juilliard School with Jerome Lowenthal. Throughout her career she has worked with several artists, including Gaby Casadesus, Yevgeni Malinin, Nikita Magaloff and Isaac Stern.
Hélène is a laureate of awards and top prizes in competitions, which includes the Concours International d’Epinal, the Robert Casadesus International Competition, the Chopin National Piano Competition, the Thomas Richner Piano Competition, East West Artists Awards and the Concert Artist Guild.
In France she has performed at the Chopin Festival, the Paris Summer Festival, the International Festival of Radio France in Montpellier, the International Festival of Young Soloists in Bordeaux, the Beauvais International Cello Festival, and concerts in Salle Gaveau, the Opéra Comique, the Bösendorfer Center and at the UNESCO.
She has been a soloist with the Paris Conservatory Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony and the New England Symphonic Ensemble. She concertizes extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in NY and Europe, and has appeared in solo recitals for the Chopin Society in Paris, London, Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Sydney, Australia.
She is part of the HD Piano Duo with David Oei, the Elysium Chamber Ensemble, the New York Chamber Soloists, which is presented by Melvin Kaplan, and also appears frequently with the New York Philharmonic Chamber Ensembles at Merkin Hall. She has collaborated with celebrated musicians such as cellists Hai-Ye Ni, and Philippe Muller; violinists Glenn Dicterow, and Yuval Yaron; violist Karen Dreyfus; clarinetists Stanley Drucker, Charles Neidich and French flutist Nicolas Duchamp.
She has played at the Wallace Collection in London, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, at the Philips Collection Museum, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. In New York, she has performed at the Metropolitan Museum, the Alliance Française, the United Nations, Rockefeller University, Bargemusic, Weill Hall, and the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. Recently she has toured in Japan, Vietnam, and China with French flutist Nicolas Duchamp; she has given master classes, in particular on French Music, during her visit to China and Vietnam.
She also presented lectures and master classes at the Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, the School of Music at the University of North Carolina, at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. She is currently part of the faculty at Hoff-Barthelson School of Music in Scarsdale, NY. She also maintains a private piano studio at her home on the Upper West Side in Manhattan and welcomes students of all ages.
CD recordings: with violinists Na Su and Yuval Yaron (Accord), with cellists Louise Dubin (Delos) and Hai-Ye Ni (Naxos)
In Beauvais with Philippe Muller