Heli Ignatius-Fleet


HELI IGNATIUS-FLEET, ARMCM, is an internationally known pianist and piano pedagogue. She grew up in Finland, where music training is a highly developed process. All instrumental teachers are music college graduates.  During her early years she regularly won competitions and appeared in concerts. She comes from a family of distinguished musicians and artists, and has always seen art in all its forms as an essential part of her life. She then took up piano studies in Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, known for its rigorous training programme. During summer vacations Heli took an active part in piano summer course at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She spent a term in Paris studying the piano with Vlado Perlemuter.

As a performer, Heli has performed in concerts nationwide; in the UK as well as in her native Finland, where she has also played on radio and TV. Her first solo recital, in Chester, was well received – “A Romantic Talent” (Liverpool Echo).  As well as playing solo piano repertoire she has built up a reputation as a chamber music player; for some ten years her piano trio gave regular performances both in England and in Finland.

She has worked with some of Finland’s finest singers (Taru Valjakka, Jorma Hynninen), and had a long performing partnership with the tenor Robert Bishop. Drawing on her interest in the visual arts she gives lecture recitals combining music and art which have been well received by audiences in universities, schools and art galleries: in 2010 was invited to give her lecture recital “Chopin and Delacroix” in Helsinki, celebrating Chopin’s bicentenary; another one, on Schubert and Caspar David Friedrich, was performed by her in Vienna in 2008.

Now living in Cambridge, she is a much sought-after teacher: her pupils ranging from the early stages of learning through to music professionals. She works with undergraduates as a Cambridge University Supervisor.

Heli is an inspiring and successful teacher. Among her pupils are national competition finalists. Many of her young pupils take their diplomas before leaving school. She has helped numerous music professionals upgrade their piano qualifications through higher diplomas – and has an impressive record of Diploma passes.

Heli tutors on residential piano courses at Benslow Music in Hertfordshire – and has been a Principal Tutor for The Piano Teachers’ Course UK for 10 years. She regularly gives masterclasses and adjudicates in piano competitions around the UK.  

She has published articles in professional journals both in the UK and in Finland and has presented at numerous conferences and workshops.

Heli will be retiring as a Principal Tutor for PTC UK in June and joining our team of consultants


  • Sibelius Academy, Finland. Graduated in piano performance and piano teaching
  • Royal Manchester College of Music: ARMCM
  • Postgraduate piano performance qualification, Fellowship level, Sibelius Academy


Individual lessons

  • Vlado Perlemuter

Masterclasses (as an active player) with

  • Gyorgy Serbok
  • Hans Leygraf
  • Tamas Ungar


  • Private Teachers’ Section Warden, ISM
  • Director, Piano Pedagogy Course, EPTA UK
  • Vice Chair, EPTA UK
  • Supervisor, Cambridge University


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