Photo by Alessandro Altavilla

Photo by Alessandro Altavilla

Helen Papaioannou is a composer and baritone/alto saxophonist based in Sheffield, UK. She composes music for live performance, improvises and has a fascination with games and strategies for group interaction. She is currently developing a solo project which explores minimal pattern-based ideas and hocketing for baritone saxophone and electronics.

Helen’s music has been performed by Workers Union Ensemble, Ensemble neoN, Nieuw Ensemble, Galvanize Ensemble, Cobalt Duo, Michael Speers/Renzo Spiteri, LSO and Northern Sinfonia. She has performed with KURO, Valentina Magaletti, Damo Suzuki, Eugene Chadbourne and Hannabiell Sanders. Helen is one half of Garlic Hug, a new duo with Alessandro Altavilla, and she improvises with various collaborators. She has played as one third of the band Beauty Pageant, a member of the trio HOKKETT, and the band PONPON. Helen also delivers educational workshops in a number of settings. Originally from Leeds, Helen completed her PhD at Newcastle University with supervision from Agustín Fernández and Will Edmondes.