- The Wire
“Stunning… absolutely stunning”
— BBC Radio 3
“Hypnotic… a spiritual connection to sound”
- Qwest TV
“One to watch”
Helen Anahita Wilson is a critically-acclaimed pianist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Brighton, UK. Working at an idiosyncratic intersection of Western contemporary classical, jazz, and South Asian classical and devotional musics, her output sets her apart with its foundations in musicological study married to a questing spirituality through sound.
An alumna of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music and Drama London, and currently pursuing a PhD at SOAS University of London researching South Indian karnatic performance, Wilson’s boundless musical curiosity and dedication to her art have led her down a musical path less trodden, organically fusing her many interests and findings. She has performed at venues including London’s Southbank centre, Ronnie Scott’s, St Paul’s Cathedral (as musician-in-residence), and has toured internationally throughout Europe and India. Wilson has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has released two albums on the independent British label Golden Girl Records. Alongside performing her own works, she is a keen Baroque interpreter and a regular commissioner of new music by fellow contemporary composers. As a synaesthetic musician she not only hears sound but also sees and feels it in a blended communion: this way of experiencing music often features as a driving force in her inimitable live performances during which she shares some of her unique perceptions using light and visual projections.
Current projects and pursuits include solo, devotional improvisation work and a new collaboration with tabla master Ustad Shahbaz Hussain.