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 different ensembles and orchestras in Europe. She is often involved in theater productions as a repetituor for new operas at Theater Basel. Helga has worked at Daniel Barenboim Stiftung and Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin creating and curating projects for children and youth.
Helga Karen 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. Currently she is working on her PhD, which explores Stockhausen's piano pieces, in Sibelius Academy. Helga has worked together with composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Rebecca Saunders, Jörg Widmann, Vinko Globokar, Uljas Pulkkis and Jannik Giger.