Helen Papaioannou was born in Leeds in 1987. Helen completed her PhD in composition at Newcastle University under the supervision of Agustín Fernández and Will Edmondes. She performs regularly on baritone and tenor saxophones in various ensembles. Her recent music centres around hyperactive streams of repetitive activity which channel shifting rhythmic interactions. Helen's music has been performed by Nieuw Ensemble, Darragh Morgan and Mary Dullea, Momenta Quartet, Northern Sinfonia, Stefan Östersjö and Henrik Frisk, Notos Quartet and the Busch Ensemble.