Lukas Geniušas, Piano



“While his peers are doing their best to charm everyone around, including the global music industry, Mr Geniušas has embarked on an altogether more serious mission: an agonizing search for a performance style that is fully modern and catching the spirit of the age.” Kommersant Russia
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’ musical education, notably the mentorship of his grandmother, Vera Gornostaeva, the prominent teacher and professor at the Moscow Conservatory. This early development culminated in Lukas winning the Silver medal at the Chopin International Piano Competition in 2010 and two years later he became the recipient of the German Piano Award in Frankfurt am Main.
Lukas has already appeared with numerous orchestras including the Hamburg Symphony, Duisburg Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica, Katowice Radio, Warsaw Philharmonic and the Trondheim Symphony under the batons of conductors such as Yuri Temirkanov, Andrey Boreyko, Saulius Sondeckis, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Antoni Wit, Rafael Payare, Roman Kofman and Dmitry Liss amongst others.
His international career has seen Lukas perform at prestigious venues and festivals throughout the world including the Rheingau, Ruhr and Lockenhaus Music Festivals, the Auditorium du Louvre and the Wigmore Hall as well as in Russia and South America. In the 2014/15 season he will make return appearances at the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Sala Verdi in Milan, Genova Teatro Carlo Felice, La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival and the International Piano Series in Fribourg as well as giving debut recitals at the Piano aux Jacobins Festival in Toulouse, and at the South Bank Centre International Piano Series.
Forthcoming concerto highlights include performances with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra at the Chopin and his Europe Festival in Warsaw, with Tugan Sokhiev and the NHK Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall, Tokyo and the complete Beethoven concerti with the Poznan Filharmonic Orchestra.
Lukas’ musical interests are extensive and he explores a wide range of repertoire, from Baroque right up 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 and Rachmaninov.
Lukas is an avid chamber music performer. He is an extremely inquisitive performer and enjoys working on new works by modern composers, as well as resurrecting rarely performed repertoire.
At the age of 15, he was awarded a federal grant ‘Young Talents’ from the Russian Federation and two years later was awarded the ‘Gifted Youth of 21st Century’ grant. He has since received many accolades and awards in recognition of his talent.


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Please note: this repertoire list is for reference only. The choice of repertoire for a particular project remains at the artist’s discretion.

Solo Repertoire With Orchestra

Camille Saint-Saëns

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Frédéric Chopin

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Sergei Rachmaninov

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1
Solo pieces

Frédéric Chopin

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March"
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Mazurka No. 22 in G sharp minor, Op. 33, No. 1
Mazurka No. 23 in D major, Op. 33, No. 2
Mazurka No. 24 in C major, Op. 33, No. 3
Mazurka No. 25 in B minor, Op. 33, No. 4

Johann Sebastian Bach

English Suite No. 5 in E minor, BWV 810

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier"

Robert Schumann

Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Sonata No. 2 in F Major, KV 280
Piano Sonata No. 5 in G Major, KV 283
Big, big Success
Desert News Salt Lake City
2 July 2010
— ''Lukas has had big, big success all over, and he's considered one of the most promising young pianists in Europe.''
Deep Understanding
Music Life Russia
1 July 2008
- "With Beethoven's “Hammerklavier” Sonata Lukas demonstrated maturity that is rare for his age, highest level of piano technique, precision and clarity of performance, sense of style, energy and deep understanding of the material"
The New Times Russia
1 July 2008
- ''Lukas Geniusas has sensational technical ability and an acute sense of style."
Top Virtuoso
7 March 2011
He looks like a child with the boyish face, shy eyes and curly hair. But do not be deceived - the 20 year old Lithanian-Russian pianist Lukas Geniusas is already an experienced virtuoso at the piano. Last autumn he won both the 2. Prize and a special prize in the distinguished Chopin Competition. We had proof that Geniusas knows how to interpret Chopin's neckbreaking piano music in Saturday's concert in Diamanten. 24 Etudes - both Opus 10 and 12 were on the programme, and Lukas Geniusas created a brilliant masterpiece out of every etude. In the short span of time - max. 5 minutes for each etude - he created new colours and new atmospheres. From incredible wildness to dreamlike beauty. Everything with a perfect technique. To see him carefully shape his fingers in the slow movements and let them loose in teriffic speed in the faster movements was an impressive sight. His touch was either gentle as an angel's or powerful with an adult pianist's authority. The melodies could be heard clearly and with radiant resonance in the full hall. Second part of the concert was Liszt's immense Piano Sonata in B minor. Geniusas created a drama of the in many ways mysterious sonata. The opening motif sounded dark and dismal. Geniusas attacked the following explosive tones like a lithe cat. He created resonant transitions between the changing atmosperes in the piece. The release came in the last major chords which stood chiseled clearly in the air. Geniusas played three encores.
Rare Breed
22 November 2011
«Truth is, Lukas Geniuas belongs to a rare breed of performers: his art has to be taken as a whole, not as a series of details and particulars. His probably most appealing trait is the critical attitude towards the traditional interpretation of musical pieces. The Romantic paradigm and the great concert style it inspired have run out of steam. Mr. Geniuas knows this all too well  and places this problem right at the heart of his interpretations While his peers are doing their best to charm everyone around, including the global music industry, Mr Geniuas has embarked on an altogether more serious mission: an agonizing search for a performance style that is fully modern and catching the spirit of the age.»
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 3
Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Julius Geniušas
Polonaise in F sharp minor Etudes, op. 25 Sonata in B flat minor Concerto in E minor
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