Russia | Age 31
Born in Moscow on New Year’s Day in 1991, Anna Geniushene made her recital debut just seven years later in the small hall of the Berlin Philharmonic. She has since developed a diverse and versatile career as an artist: performances in major world venues such as the Town Hall in Leeds, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Museum of Arts in Tel Aviv, the Konzerthaus ‘Neue Welt,’ Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, and Sala Greppi in Milan; a dedication to chamber music, including piano duo repertoire with her husband, Lukas Geniusas, and close collaboration with Quartetto di Cremona; and the creation of her own festival of collaborative music-making (‘NikoFest’).
During the pandemic, Anna’s pension for creativity manifested in online projects, such as a series of online recitals for the Vancouver Chopin Society, participation in the “Armchairs Season” of the Moscow Philharmonic, and recording sessions for the ConSpirito music channel on YouTube. Her debut CD was released on LINN Records in March 2020.
A laureate of major international piano contests, she has had strong finishes at the Leeds, Tchaikovsky, Busoni, and Dublin Competitions. She sees her participation in the Cliburn as a “dream,” as an “opportunity to be part of a very friendly community, to find a new audience, and to challenge myself.”
Anna graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2015, and completed her Master’s with Distinction and Advanced Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music (London) in 2018. She has also been one of the elite Bicentenary Scholars at the Academy under the tutelage of Christopher Elton.
HAYDN Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:42
HOUGH Fanfare Toccata
RACHMANINOV Études-Tableaux, op. 33
BRAHMS Ballades, op. 10
BARTÓK Sonata, Sz. 80
Semifinal Round – recital
BEETHOVEN Seven Bagatelles, op. 33
VERDI–LISZT Danza sacra e duetto finale d’Aida
PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, op. 84
Semifinal Round – Mozart concerto
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, op. 15
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, op. 23