Myleene Klass: Everything you need to know about the classical pianist and presenter

21 March 2019, 17:41 | Updated: 23 September 2019, 20:42

Myleene Klass attends The Global Awards 2019
Myleene Klass attends The Global Awards 2019. Picture: Getty

By Helena Asprou

The classical star is now one of Britain’s best-loved classical artists, so here’s everything you need to know about her life in music and the media

Coming from six generations of talented classical musicians, Myleene Klass was destined to follow suit and find success as a pianist.

Born in 1978, Klass was raised in Gorleston, Norfolk to an Austrian-English father and a Filipina mother, who introduced her to music at an early age.

While Myleene’s grandmother made a name for herself as an opera singer, her grandfather was a passionate violinist – and this inspired her to pick up an instrument of her own.

At just four years old, Myleene learned to play the piano and violin, but she also spent her weekends singing and playing the harp at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she was a student for many years.

Keen to pursue a career in music, she later completed a course in musical theatre at the Royal Academy of Music in London and by age 20, had landed a role singing in the moving West End production of Miss Saigon.

Myleene Klass attends the press night performance of Miss Saigon
Myleene Klass attends the press night performance of Miss Saigon. Picture: Getty

Mylenee Klass’s musical career

Following her audition on ITV’s talent contest Popstars in 2001, Myleene reached the final and was selected as a member of pop group Hear’Say.

A huge hit with TV audiences, Hear’Say went on to release two studio albums, four top 10 singles and sold out a 37-date arena tour.

When the band parted ways in 2003, Klass entered the world of classical music and signed a five-album deal with Universal Classics and Jazz.

Launched at Harrods, London, her debut album Moving On reached No. 2 in the UK Classical Chart and it received a nomination for People’s Album of the Year at the Classic BRIT Awards.

Alongside her first single ‘Toccata and Fugue’, the album featured pieces such as Beethoven’s 'Moonlight' Sonata, Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 2 and the Gladiator theme tune, while her piano arrangement to Linkin Park’s Crawling added a modern spin.

When did Myleene Klass become a presenter?

After many years of proving herself as a classical performer, Myleene turned her hand to presenting in 2005 – and has hosted TV shows including Popstar to Operastar, The One Show and 10 Years Younger.

She was also among the group of stars who took part in the sixth series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and landed another album deal with EMI Classics as a result of her growing popularity.

In 2006, Myleene joined Classic FM as a weekend presenter and she's been with the station ever since. She currently presents Smooth Classics on Saturdays and Sundays, 10pm-1am.

Myleene Klass attends The Global Awards 2019
Myleene Klass attends The Global Awards 2019. Picture: Getty

Myleene Klass: Clothes, books and charity work

Ever the fashionista, Myleene became the face of Marks & Spencer’s Spring and Summer Collection in 2007 and modelled clothing for Littlewoods from 2012.

After having two children (with a third on the way), she also designed a range of baby clothes for Mothercare called Baby K, and blogs for their pregnancy and parenting website Gurgle.

Inspired by her personal experiences, she later penned the book My Bump and Me: From Morning Sickness to Motherhood, giving practical advice, medical information and an honest account of what’s in store for expecting mothers.

An advocate of charity work, Myleene has been involved in campaigns against bullying for ChildLine and is an ambassador for the National Foundation for Youth Music, a children’s music charity.

Myleene Klass: Instagram and Twitter

Hugely popular on social media, Myleene currently has more than 454,000 followers on Twitter and 272,000 followers on Instagram.

She often posts about her daughters Ava and Hero – and Ava has recently followed in her mother’s footsteps and caught the attention of pianist Lang Lang: