Lukas Geniušas, Piano

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Biography

“Geniušas plays with a prizewinner’s brilliance, yet with a mature ability to recreate a work’s architecture, and an expressiveness that doesn’t overtly draw attention to itself.” The Guardian

Born in Moscow in 1990, Lukas Geniušas started piano studies at the age of five in the preparatory department of the Chopin Music College in Moscow and went on to graduate with top honours in 2008. He was born into a family of musicians, a fact which played a major role in Lukas' musical education, particularly through the mentorship of his grandmother, Vera Gornostaeva, a prominent teacher and professor at the Moscow Conservatory. This early development helped Lukas to win the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition in Utah and 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 recent victory, and one of the most important, is the Silver Medal at the XV Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015.

Lukas has already appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Hamburg Symphony, Duisburg Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, under the batons of conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Andrey Boreyko, Saulius Sondeckis, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Antoni Wit, Rafael Payare, Roman Kofman, 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, the Auditorium du Louvre and Wigmore Hall, as well as to major concert halls in Russia and South America. He recently performed at the La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival and made his début at the Verbier Festival with solo and chamber recitals. In the 2016/17 season he returns to the Sala Verdi in Milan, Mariinsky-3 and the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, and performs début recitals at the Montreal Pro Musica series and Washington Phillips Collection.

Highlights of his forthcoming engagements also include performances with Charles Dutoit and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra under Alexander Lazarev in Yokohama, as well as with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Lukas' musical interests are extensive. He explores a wide range of music, from Baroque to works by contemporary composers; his repertoire runs from Beethoven's complete piano concerti to Hindemith's “Ludus Tonalis” cycle. He also has a keen interest in the Russian repertoire, with emphasis on Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff.

Lukas loves to play chamber music. He is an extremely inquisitive performer who enjoys working on new pieces by modern composers, as well as reviving rarely performed repertoire. 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) whose members may not have an opportunity to experience it live in a traditional setting.

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Repertoire

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
Review
Big, big Success
Desert News Salt Lake City
Fri, 2010-07-02
— ''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
Tue, 2008-07-01
- "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"
Sensational
The New Times Russia
Tue, 2008-07-01
- ''Lukas Geniusas has sensational technical ability and an acute sense of style."
Top Virtuoso
Jyllandsposten
Mon, 2011-03-07
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
Kommersant
Tue, 2011-11-22
«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.»
Discography
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 3
Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Julius Geniušas
Chopin
Polonaise in F sharp minor Etudes, op. 25 Sonata in B flat minor Concerto in E minor
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Photo: Jean Baptiste Millot

Photo: Jean Baptiste Millot

Photo: Zeneka Levin

Photo: Zeneka Levin

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