Biography / Piano
Born in Moscow in 1990, Lukas Geniušas started piano studies at the age of 5 at the preparatory department of F. Chopin Music College in Moscow, going on to graduate with top honours in 2008. He was born into a family of musicians which played a major role in Lukas’ swift musical development, in particular […]
Born in Moscow in 1990, Lukas Geniušas started piano studies at the age of 5 at the preparatory department of F. Chopin Music College in Moscow, going on to graduate with top honours in 2008.
He was born into a family of musicians which played a major role in Lukas’ swift musical development, in particular the mentorship of his grandmother, Vera Gornostaeva, the prominent teacher and professor at the Moscow Conservatory. This early development helped Lukas become the laureate of several major competitions including the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition in Utah, the Silver medal at the Chopin International Piano Competition in 2010. Two years later he received the German Piano Award in Frankfurt am Main. His most recent victory, and one of the most important, is the Silver Medal at the XV Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015.
Lukas has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Toronto Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, NHK Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica, Russian National Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, under the batons of conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Charles Dutoit, Andrey Boreyko, Saulius Sondeckis, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Antoni Wit, Rafael Payare, and Dmitry Liss, to name but a few. His international career has taken Lukas to prestigious venues and festivals throughout the world, including the Rheingau, Ruhr and Lockenhaus Music Festivals, La Roque D’Antheron, Piano aux Jacobins, the Auditorium du Louvre and Wigmore Hall, as well as to major concert halls in Russia and South America.
Highlights of the 2016/17 season have included triumphant recitals at the Sala Verdi in Milan, Mariinsky-3, Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. He recently performed at Montreal Pro Musica series and Washington Phillips Collection, to a great critical acclaim.
In the 2017/18 season he returns to the La Roque D’Antheron and Verbier festivals and performs début recitals at Frick Collection in New York and Schloss-Elmau Festival. Important forthcoming engagements also include performances with Alexander Vedernikov and Odense Philharmonic Orchestra, recitals in Tokyo Bunka-Kaykan and Macau.
Lukas’ musical interests are extensive and he explores a wide range of repertoire, from the Baroque to works by contemporary composers. His repertoire spans from Beethoven Piano Concerti through to Hindemith’s ‘Ludus Tonalis’ Cycle, as well as a strong interest in Russian repertoire such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. Lukas is an avid chamber musician. He is an extremely inquisitive performer and enjoys working on new works by modern composers, as well as resurrecting rarely performed repertoire.
These aspects of his career are reflected in Lukas’ critically acclaimed discography, which includes his most recent recordings of the complete Rachmaninov Preludes (Piano Classics), ‘The Emancipation of Dissonance’ (works by Desyatnikov, Arzumanov and Ryuabov) and a CD of works for violin and piano with Aylen Pritchin (Melodiya) as well as earlier recordings of Chopin Etudes op. 10 and 25, and Brahms and Beethoven sonatas.
At the age of 15, he was awarded a “Young Talents” federal grant from the Russian Federation and two years later received the “Gifted Youth of the 21st Century” award. Lukas has since garnered much praise and many awards in recognition of his talent, also in his native Lithuania, where he gives concerts regularly and is recognized as an outstanding performer. Since 2015, Lukas has been a featured artist of “Looking at the stars” a philanthropy project based in Toronto, whose purpose is to bring classical music to institutions and organizations (prisons, hospitals and shelters) where people may not have an opportunity to experience it live in a traditional setting.
Lukas Geniušas, nato a Mosca nel 1990, ha iniziato gli studi di pianoforte a cinque anni. La sua famiglia di musicisti ha avuto un ruolo fondamentale nel suo rapido sviluppo musicale; in particolare la nonna Vera Gornostaeva, rinomata insegnante del Conservatorio di Mosca, è stata sua mentore sin dall’inizio della precoce carriera.
Questo milieu ha aiutato Geniušas a ottenere fama internazionale aggiudicandosi il Primo Premio al Concorso Gina Bachauer di Salt Lake City nel 2010 e subito dopo la medaglia d’argento al Concorso Fryderyk Chopin di Varsavia. Nel 2015 ha vinto la medaglia d’argento al Concorso Tchaikovsky di Mosca.
Geniušas ha suonato con grandi orchestre tra cui Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Russian National Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic e City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Ha collaborato con direttori quali Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Charles Dutoit, Andrey Boreyko, Saulius Sondeckis, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Antoni Wit e Dmitry Liss.
È regolarmente invitato nei maggiori festival tra cui Rheingau, Ruhr, Lockenhaus, Verbier, La Roque d’Anthéron e Piano aux Jacobins. Ha suonato nelle più prestigiose sale da concerto tra cui Auditorium du Louvre e Salle Gaveau a Parigi, Wigmore Hall e molti teatri importanti in Russia e Sud America.
Nella stagione 2016/17 ha tenuto recital di successo alla Sala Verdi di Milano, al Mariinsky-3, alla Great Hall del Conservatorio di Mosca e alla Washington Phillips Collection.
I principali impegni della stagione 2017/18 includono il ritorno ai Festival di La Roque d’Anthéron e di Verbier, il debutto alla Frick Collection di New York, a Schloss Elmau, a Tokyo e a Macao, e la collaborazione con Alexander Vedernikov e la Odense Philharmonic Orchestra.
Il suo repertorio spazia dai Concerti per pianoforte di Beethoven al “Ludus Tonalis” di Hindemith e rivela una particolare predilezione per gli autori russi come Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov e Prokofiev. Geniušas si dedica inoltre con grande passione alla scoperta di opere contemporanee o raramente eseguite.
Queste scelte musicali si riflettono nella sua discografia, acclamata dalla critica. Tra le sue incisioni più recenti l’edizione completa dei Preludi di Rachmaninov (Piano Classics), ‘The Emancipation of Dissonance’ (musiche di Desyatnikov, Arzumanov e Ryuabov), gli Studi di Chopin op.10 e op.25 e le Sonate di Brahms e Beethoven.
Dal 2015 Geniušas partecipa al progetto filantropico “Looking at the Stars” a Toronto, che organizza concerti di musica classica per istituzioni come prigioni e ospedali, dove il pubblico potrebbe non avere l’opportunità di ascoltare la musica classica nei suoi luoghi di espressione tradizionali.
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