Lukas Geniušas, Piano

Lukas Geniusas 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: a painstaking search for a performance style that is fully modern and catchesthe spirit of the age.

Kommersant Russia

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 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 prominent bookings in Russia and South America.

In the 2016/17 season he makes return appearances at the Sala Verdi in Milan, La Roque d'Anthéron International Piano Festival, Mariinsky-3 and the Great hall of Moscow Conservatory along with début recitals at the Verbier Festival, Montreal Pro Musica series and Washington Phillips Collection. Highlights of his forthcoming appearances also include performances with Charles Dutoit and Singapore Symphony, Japan Philharmonic under Alexander Lazarev in Yokohama, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Lukas' musical interests are quite extensive. He explores a wide range of music – from the Baroque right up 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” grant. Lukas has since garnered much praise and many awards in approval of his talent, also in his native Lithuania where he gives concerts regularly and is recognized exceptionally.

From 2015 on Lukas is a featured artists of "Looking at the stars" 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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