Lukas Geniušas, Piano

Biography

Lukas Geniusas was born July 1st 1990 in Moscow. He started piano studies at 5 at the preparatory department of F. Chopin Music College in Moscow, a school he went on to graduate with top honors in 2008.

Being born into a family of musicians played a major role in Lukas's swift musical development at an early age. His grandmother, Vera Gornostaeva, a prominent teacher and a professor at the Moscow Conservatory, became his first mentor.

Since before his 12th birthday Lukas begins taking part in international competitions and festivals, including: The German Piano Award 2012, Moscow International Chopin Youth Piano Competition 2004 (II Prize); Gina Bachauer Youth Piano Competition in Salt Lake City 2005 (II Prize); Scottish International Piano Competition 2007 (II Prize); 7th Youth Delphic Games Russia, 2008 (Gold Medal); III Piano Competition in San Marino Italy (II Prize); International Piano Competition "Musica della Val Tidone" in Pianello, Italy, 2009 (I Prize); Gina Bachauer International Artists Competition in Salt Lake City, 2010 (I Prize) and the Silver Medal at the 16th Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in October 2010.

Lukas has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Symphonies of Hamburg and Duisburg in Germany, BBC Scottish Symphony, Kremerata Baltica, Katowice Radio, Warsaw Philharmonic and collaborated with an outstanding musicians of nowadays such as Gidon Kremer, Andrey Boreyko, Saulius Sondeckis, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Antoni Wit, Roman Kofman, Dmitry Liss and others. Lukas has travelled to France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Poland, Lithuania, Japan, South Korea, USA, Germany and has performed in such a prominent events as Duszniki Zdroj, Rheingau, Ruhr and Lockenhaus Music Festivals. 2011/2012 concert season's plan includes appearnaces in Brazil, Canada and Japan, recitals in Italy, France and Switzerland as well as an european tour with Kremerata Baltica string orchestra. Season 2012/2013 will bring Lukas for a tour around Denmark, a debut recital in Milan's Sala Verdi and a return concert's with Utah Symphony in Salt Lake City.

Lukas Geniusas has an extensive repertoire that ranges from Baroque to works of modern composers. At 21 he boasts an impressive ten solo recital programs and twelve works with piano and orchestra. 24 Chopin Etudes, Beethoven's Hammerklavier, Sonata #1 by Brahms, Liszt's B minor sonata, P. Hindemith's "Ludus Tonalis" complete cycle, Tchaikovsky's First Piano concerto, Rachmaninov Concerto #3, Beethoven's Fourth are among his achievements.

Lukas is an avid chamber music performer: taking part in duets, trios, quintets, he's very inquisitive when it comes to new works by modern composers as well as rarely performed repertoire.

Lukas Geniusas has been a recipient of Grants from both Vladimir Spivakov Foundation and Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation, and has been a regular participant of The New Names Foundation Concerts.

Lukas has been awarded federal grants of The Russian Federation "Young Talents" (2005) and "The Gifted Youth of XXI century" (2007).

Music Life Russia, 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"

Desert News Salt Lake City, June 2010 — ''Lukas has had big, big success all over, and he's considered one of the most promising young pianists in Europe.''

Jyllandsposten, 7 March 2011 -

«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.»

Calendar

26 March 2015, 19:30

Event details

Lukas Geniušas
26 March 2015, 19:30

Promoter:
Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (website)

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
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"
Sensational
The New Times Russia
1 July 2008
- ''Lukas Geniusas has sensational technical ability and an acute sense of style."
Top Virtuoso
Jyllandsposten
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
Kommersant
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.»

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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