»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

Biography • Lukas Geniušas

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’ swift musical development, in particular the mentorship of his grandmother, Vera Gornostaeva, the prominent teacher and professor at the Moscow Conservatory. This early development helped Lukas become the laureate of several major competitions including the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition in Utah, 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 most recent victory, and one of the most important, is the Silver Medal at the XV Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015.


Lukas has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Hamburg Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra, 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, Piano aux Jacobins, the Auditorium du Louvre and Wigmore Hall, as well as to major concert halls in Russia and South America.
Highlights of the 2015/16 season have included triumphant recitals at the Salle Gaveau in Paris and London International Piano Series, with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and Tugan Sokhiev as well as with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra. 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. Important 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 and he 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’ Cycle, as well as a strong interest in Russian repertoire such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. Lukas is an avid chamber musician. He is 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’ critically acclaimed discography, which includes his most recent recordings of the complete Rachmaninov Preludes (Piano Classics), ‘The Emancipation of Dissonance’ (works by Desyatnikov, Arzumanov and Ryuabov) and a CD of works for violin and piano with Aylen Pritchin (Melodiya) as well as earlier recordings of Chopin Etudes op. 10 and 25, and Brahms and Beethoven sonatas.
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) where people may not have an opportunity to experience it live in a traditional setting.

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  • »Lukas Geniusas’s appearance in the Southbank’s international piano series […] was an arrival. His London debut last year, in the Wigmore Hall […], was somewhat under the radar for a pianist who had won silver at the 2010 Chopin competition. He went in to take silver again at last summer’s Tchaikovsky competition, and the garlands are well deserved. At 25, Geniusas plays with a prizewinner’s brilliance, yet with a mature ability to recreate a work’s architecture, and an expressiveness that doesn’t overly draw attention to itself.

Erica Jeal , The Guardian (Music), January 14th, 2016

 

 

  • »[…] He always focused on the big picture and paid attention to the tremendous contrasts between each movement. So did also Lukas Geniusas when performing the 5th (C-major) and the famous 7th Sonata and its – like from a different time, wonderful vocal ‘Andante caloroso’ – before severity and vehemence descended upon the audience in the finale, which was brilliantly played by the 26-year-old Muscovite.«

Klaus Kalchschmid, Süddeutsche Zeitung (Review), November 13th, 2016

 

  • »…Lukas Geniusas served after subtle shaded Chopin etudes an astonishing game of deception in major and minor with Leonid Desjatnikov´s ‘Echoes from the Theatre’….«

Gerhard Schroth, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – 5 April, 2016

 

  • »Lukas Geniusas review – brilliance and maturity«

The Guardian – 22.01.2016

 

  • »Lukas Geniusas, etoile montante du piano«

ResMusica – 22.01.2016

 

  • »Lukas Geniusas at St Johns Smith Square – Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok & Prokofiev«

ClassicalSource – 22.01.2016