Lukas Geniušas 

Piano

April 16, 2017, 4 PM

Music Room

Lukas Geniušas, born in 1990, won the silver medal in the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, having already embarked on a solo career as a pianist. His programs often include works that deserve to be heard more often, and this concert is no exception. Schumann’s ebullient Faschingsschwank aus Wien is followed by a group of Chopin mazurkas, which are among the most perfect reinventions of a traditional dance form. Bartok’s Burlesques and Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 2 both count among the most boldly inventive of their early works.

PROGRAM:

ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 (1839)
     Allegro
     Romanze
     Scherzino
     Intermezzo
     Finale

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810-1849)
7 Mazurkas:
     Op.63 f-moll
     Op.7 f-moll
     Op.17 B-dur
     Op.30 cis-moll
     Op.6 E-dur
     Op.posth a-moll (op.68 no.2)
     Op.63 no.3 cis-moll

Intermission

BÉLA BARTÓK (1881-1945)
Burlesques, Op. 8 (1908-1911)
     Quarrel
     Slightly Tipsy
     Capriccioso

SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)                                                                                          
Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14 (1912)
     Allegro ma non troppo
     Scherzo. Allegro marcato
     Andante
     Vivace

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, Katowice Radio Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic and the Trondheim Symphony under the batons of conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, 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 2015/16 season he makes return appearances at the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Sala Verdi in Milan, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, La Roque d'Anthéron International Piano Festival, and the International Piano Series in Fribourg along with début recitals at the Piano aux Jacobins Festival in Toulouse and at the South Bank Centre International Piano Series. Highlights of his future appearances also include performances with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra at the “Chopin and his Europe” International Festival in Warsaw, with Tugan Sokhiev and the NHK Symphony Orchestra at Tokyo's Suntory Hall. 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 a 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 21stCentury”.