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GéNIA’s ‘Sweet Memories’ selected for Crouch End Festival Trailer

As you can see from the above, Sweet Memories is being used to promote this year’s edition of Crouch End Festival. It is the UK’s biggest community arts festival, a volunteer-run event which takes place in North London, and GéNIA is very happy to be able to support it in this way.

The festival provides a platform for local artists of all varieties, including musicians, actors, designers, poets, painters, comedians… you get the idea! Grass roots level support of local artistic talent is an important part of any community, and it is also an important way of encouraging art that is innovative and new. As well as this, Crouch End Festival works to facilitate collaboration between artistic talents, a crucial dimension to any artist’s growth.

The festival doesn’t just help to develop artistic ties, it strengthens ties between the entire community that comes out to support it. Crouch End Festival has something to offer all age groups, and by bringing these people together, it makes the area stronger. It would be a strange community event if it didn’t try to get all of its community involved!

Historically, bringing communities together was one of the most important functions of art. It is wonderful to be able to contribute to a festival which still recognises this importance today.

Alex Chalk

Have you seen GéNIA’s New Album Trailer?

If you haven’t seen it already, GéNIA’s latest trailer showcases three original compositions on her second EP: Sweet Memories, Mon Amour, and London-Paris. Even if you’ve heard the songs before, the video gives you a great view of GéNIA’s playing that you simply couldn’t get live.

The album is inspired by a cup of coffee, and this is perhaps most apparent on the first of the three tracks, Sweet Memories. It evokes a sense of nostalgia and calm, a sense that is familiar to all of us who like to sit in cafés and to watch the world go by. The second piece, Mon Amour, is slower and filled with more melancholy than the first, reminding us of how it feels to reminisce upon the past, and perhaps even upon what we have lost. This changes as we reach London-Paris; GéNIA’s music has departed from reflection and looks towards the future. It brings a sense of anticipation and possibility; the increase in tempo and dynamics also creating the feeling of the intent and purpose that comes with travel.

Also worth your attention: if you listen closely, you can hear GéNIA conjure up the effect of a chorus during London-Paris – the piano really starts to sound a little like the human voice!

Alex Chalk

New Performance of GéNIA’s ‘London-Paris’ Available Now

You can now see a full performance of GéNIA’s composition ‘London-Paris’ on YouTube. It is footage from GéNIA’s concert in support of UNICEF in France last year.

‘London-Paris’ was written on the Eurostar, late on a cold, snowy night during Winter; GéNIA frequently made the trip between the two cities during a sabbatical taken in 2013. This particular performance of the piece is at a higher tempo than when she recorded it in the studio, which makes her right-hand triplet runs all the more formidable and impressive! Coupled with intensified dynamics, GéNIA gives this performance a distinctive character which it is worth your time to investigate.

Alex Chalk

Faber Commission Music from GéNIA for a New Project

There are more new compositions from GéNIA on their way. Faber Music will be releasing a series of CDs featuring new piano recordings, and GéNIA has been asked to contribute three original pieces to the project. We’re looking forward to sharing them with you!

Founded in 1965 by Benjamin Britten and Donald Mitchell, Faber is one of the most respected music publishers in the UK. It has a very distinguished track record in classical music, particularly with more current artists and composers, and has worked with contemporary figures such as Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Paul McCartney. Like GéNIA, it too believes in the importance of crossing between classical and contemporary!

If you have ever bought sheet music or educative material, we are confident that you will be familiar with Faber. It is a company GéNIA is proud to be associated with, and we feel this collaboration is special.

Alex Chalk

Classic FM Airs GéNIA’s Piece ‘Past Love’

We are delighted to announce GéNIA’s music premiered on Friday 27th March on Classic FM. ‘Past Love’ from GéNIA’s EP ‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow’ was aired on Marhgerita Taylor’s Smooth Classics show. We were pleased to receive some lovely feedback from Classic FM listeners about the soulful, intimate and dream like composition.

Composed mainly in Paris GéNIA’s debut EP contains 5 pieces inspired by coffee culture.

You can purchase ‘Past Love’ and the rest of the GéNIA’s compositions from iTunes HERE.




GéNIA Releases New EP ‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow Vol.2′

Russian virtuoso pianist and composer GéNIA is pleased to announce the release of her new EP, “Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow Vol.2” on 14 December 2014. The EP contains 6 solo piano compositions, and is GéNIA’s sophomore EP continuing on from “Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow Vol.1” released in March 2014.

Composed mainly in London, GéNIA’s sophomore EP contains 6 pieces inspired by coffee culture. These compositions have been performed at various concert halls in London and other European cultural hotspots. “I wanted to convey a feeling through my music, one that people experience while having a simple cup of coffee. For some a cup of coffee becomes fundamental and the most important first drink of the day. We often think about our past, present or build plans and hopes for the future, whilst having this cup. For a modern person it becomes a modern day meditation,” says GéNIA.

The EP was recorded at Master Chord Studio in London with engineer Raoul Terzi, on a beautiful Steinway & Sons Concert Grand Piano and produced by Hayden Parsey before being mastered at Metropolis Studios by Grammy award winning engineer Tim Young (The Beatles, Michael Nyman, Massive Attack).

GèNIA will be performing a series of concerts at Caffè Nero Heathrow Terminal 2, one of the largest coffee houses in the world, to launch the EP on 14th and 28th December. GéNIA has also been nominated as Caffè Nero’s classical artist of the month.



1. Autumn Blues

2. Happy Planet

3. Departure

4. Mon Amour

5. Storm

6. Russian Song



Cat No: GENMUS002

Release Date: 14 December 2014

Country: UK

To pre-order your copy from iTunes UK click HERE

To pre-order your copy from iTunes France click HERE

To pre-order your copy from iTunes Russia click HERE

Available from all major digital retailers and streaming services worldwide from 14th December or shortly after.

Gabriel Prokofiev Releases ‘Select Classical Works 2003-2012′ Containing Collaborations with GéNIA

Composer and DJ Gabriel Prokofiev is set to release ‘Select Classical Works 2003-2012′ in July 2014, containing four of his previous collaborations with GéNIA. Originally released on the album ‘Piano Book No.1′ in 2009′ described as “A compelling collaboration” **** by Time Out, Chicago, the tracks to be included are ‘Clock Watt’, ‘Entrance’, ‘Rockaby’ and ‘Black Sauce’.





Please follow the link below to hear a selection of tracks included on the album

Sketch No. 1 By GéNIA

A piano improvisation performed by GéNIA. Recorded just before she set out to Paris, this improvisation encapsulates the movement and change of travel while expressing the ever shifting emotions experienced during the transformation.

A poet Ned Swan features GéNIA in his poem “The Prodigy”

Poet Ned Swan was inspired to write this piece after attending GéNIA’s performance at the Hurlingham Club last month.

The Prodigy

I went to concert the other night


Chopin, Paganini, Rachmaninoff

Beautiful music

The pianist was so good

I could only sit there


She can’t really be playing this
Can she?

I mean not really

How can anyone’s fingers move like that?

But then everything changed

She began to play her own compositions.

Lovely, moving, uplifting music

More perfect than anything that
Had gone before

Not because of the technical brilliance
Of the playing

Although there was no dip
In the virtuosity of her performance

But the greatest beauty was
Celebrating her act of creation

No one could play this better

Because it was hers

And so it soared over us
Delicately, lovingly, expressively

Leaving anything that had
Been played before
Wilting in the following dust

While she carried us forward
On a journey
We had never undertaken before

Never could repeat again

Copyright Ned Swan 2014. All rights reserved: poem and photo

GéNIA talks to Jo Good on BBC London Radio 94.9 about her new EP!

GéNIA returns to BBC London Radio (Jo Good Show) to discuss her newly released EP ‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow’. Reflecting on her life in Paris (the sabbatical that she took while composing) and on the story that prompted her to start composing, she will be playing some of her compositions live on air.

GéNIA will be live on air on Tuesday, 22 April, just after 4 pm! You can hear the live streaming of the show HERE  (write ‘Jo Good Show’ in the search window)

To Buy CD GéNIA ‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow’ EP click HERE

To Buy Digital Downloads from iTunes of GéNIA ‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow’ EP click HERE

To see GéNIA live playing her compositions click HERE

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