Lukas Geniušas (1990) is recognised as one of the brightest stars among today’s active concert pianists.
Geniušas was born in a Moscow musical family to father Petras Geniušas and mother Xenia Knorre, both pianists. Lukas was educated at the Moscow Conservatory under legendary Russian pianist Vera Gornostayeva, his grandmother. Having begun playing the piano at the age of five, Lukas understood early that having this pedigree came with its own challenges. He also realised that his goal would be to represent and continue the Russian tradition of playing piano at the highest level.
The true weight of this responsibility was only revealed after his own first achievements – victories at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (silver medal, 2010), the International German Piano Award (2012), and the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (silver medal, 2015).
Critics reported that recognition not only increased the weight of responsibility, but also gave Geniušas a tranquil inner confidence and maturity. And the unmistakable signs of Russian piano playing – flawless technique, complete surrender and unsurpassed emotion when performing romantic music – are strongly expressed in his playing.
“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,” writes the The Guardian, UK.
Thought-provoking and impressive – these are characteristic of Geniušas’ performances and creatively compiled concert and album programmes. His repertoire includes music from Baroque to contemporary, as well as extensive monographic cycles – all of Beethoven’s concertos, Chopin’s 24 etudes and 3 sonatas, Rachmaninoff’s 24 preludes, Hindemith’s Ludus Tonalis, and the piano concertos of Arvo Pärt and John Adams. He also willingly plays in chamber ensembles. Since 2015, with the goal of performing classical music in places it would otherwise not have been played (prisons, hospitals, shelters), Geniušas has collaborated with the Looking at the Stars charity (Toronto).
Lukas Geniušas has performed in Lithuania, Russia, the UK, France, United States, Italy, Poland, Germany, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Belgium, Japan and elsewhere. He has been invited to play with the world’s leading orchestras by conductors Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, Andrey Boreyko, Saulius Sondeckis, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Antoni Wit and others.