Helena Marinho has performed recitals and chamber music concerts in the main Portuguese halls and festivals, as well as in the United States, Brazil, Singapore, Italy, England, France, Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain, Ethiopia, Sweden and Norway. Her activity is divided between projects with modern piano and pianoforte, having recorded several CDs with a contemporary repertoire and classic on both instruments.
She concluded the Superior Course of Piano in the Conservatory of Music of the Oporto in the class of Glória Esteves Moreira and was student of Helena Sá e Costa. She studied with Sequeira Costa at the University of Kansas in the United States, where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Piano as a Fulbright Fellow. At the State Academy of Music of Norway, concluded the Concert Diploma in the classes of Einar Steen-Nökleberg and Lazar Berman, as a fellow of the Norwegian Government. Studied pianoforte with Malcolm Bilson, Ketil Haugsand and Jacques Ogg. Pursued research studies on the repertoire of the classical era at the University of Sheffield, where she completed her PhD.
Helena Marinho was granted with the Gulbenkian Prize of the Conservatory of Music of Porto and the first prizes in the Contests of Braga and Covilhã. In addition to solo recitals and chamber music abroad, she has also played in the main Portuguese concert halls: Gulbenkian Museum, S. Luiz Theater, Foz Palace, ACARTE and CCB in Lisbon; Palace of Queluz; Carlos Alberto Auditorium, Helena Costa Theater, Eng. António de Almeida Foundation, S. João Theater, Campo Alegre Theater, Casa da Música and Coliseum in Porto; in several festivals (Green Coast Festival, Gulbenkian Encounters of Contemporary Music, Spring Encounters, Aveiro Festival, Gaia International Festival, Alentejo Music Encounters of the XX Century / XXI, Music Festival); and duo with artists such as the singers Oliveira Lopes, Paulo Ferreira and Rui Taveira, bassists Michael Wolf, Gottfried Engels and Florian Pertzborn, cellist Jaroslav Mikus, violinists Vadim Brodsky, Nuno Soares and Pedro Meireles, flute players Pedro Couto Soares, Jean Ferrandis, Luís Meireles, Massimo Mercelli, Felix Renggli and Jorge Correia, and the contemporary music groups Khora Ensemble, Performa Ensemble and Oficina Musical. As a member of the Performa Ensemble and the Borealis Ensemble, the latter with the flutist António Carrilho, he has presented projects supported by the Directorate General of the Arts, which gave rise to recordings of CDs of contemporary music for the publishers Numérica and mpmp, as well as tours countries.
She has been an assistant professor at the School of Music of the Polytechnic Institute of Oporto, and is currently assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Art at the University of Aveiro. She collaborates regularly with Casa da Música, both in the preparation of program notes and in the presentation of lectures and concerts commented with the Symphonic Orchestra of Porto – Casa da Música.