Geniušas seems to know how to do everything better than anyone…’Diapason Jan.2019
Russian-Lithuanian pianist Lukas Geniušas has firmly established himself as one of the most exciting and distinctive artists of his generation.
Praised for his ‘brilliance and maturity’ (The Guardian) he is invited to give recitals in the most prestigious venues all over the world such as the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Gaveau, Louvre Auditorium, Frick Collection New York, Phillips Collection, Teatro Carlo Felice, Sala Verdi in Milan and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. He is also regularly invited to festivals including La Roque d’Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins, Rheingau, the Ruhr Piano Festival, Schloss-Elmau and the Lockenhaus Music Festivals.
Lukas Geniušas performs with numerous orchestras including Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, National de Lyon Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica, Russian National Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic under the batons of conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Leondard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, Andrey Boreyko, Tugan Sokhiev, Saulius Sondeckis, Antoni Wit and Rafael Payare to name but a few.
Recent highlights included Lukas’ debuts at the prestigious Gilmore Keyboard Festival and recitals at the Salle Gaveau, Auditorium de Lyon, as well as concerts with the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra, Bulgarian National Symphony Orchestra and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. His engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, originally planned for Spring 2020 were unfortunately cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
The 2020/21 season began with performances in Paris with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Orchestre de Paris, while subsequent invitations to join the orchestra on tour to Macau and Japan, as well as engagements with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Andris Poga, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and Kristiina Poska and Orchestre national des pays de la Loire and Jonathan Heyward fell victim to the pandemic. During this time, Lukas gave many performances in Russia, notably at the Moscow, St Petersburg and Novosibirsk Philharmonies and the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw. Future engagements in the season include his debut with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and John Nelsons, performances with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra and Gintaras Rinkevičius and recitals at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova and Brussels Piano Days.
Known for his innate curiosity and extensive musical interests, Lukas Geniušas 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 and John Adams, as well as a strong interest in Russian repertoire such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and, of course, Prokofiev. He is an avid chamber musician and 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 Geniušas’ critically acclaimed discography, which includes works by Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninov (the complete Preludes); Chopin (Etudes opus 10 and 25), and recordings of chamber music (Ravel, Stravinsky, Desyatnikov, Shostakovich and Tchaïkovsky with Aylen Pritchin and Alexander Buzlov for Melodiya. His first recording on MIRARE Prokofiev Sonatas was awarded the ‘Choc’ de Classica and the Diapason ‘Recital CD of the Year’ in 2019, whilst his second CD for the same label, dedicated to Chopin (Sonata no. 3 and a selection of Mazurkas) was released digitally in May 2020.
Born in Moscow in 1990, Lukas Geniušas graduated from the Chopin Music College Moscow, in 2008. He is the laureate of several prestigious international competitions, notably Silver Medalist at the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and at the 2010 International Chopin competition.
Since 2015, Lukas Geniušas 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.