'An outstanding musician' The Times
An enigma of the music world, concert pianist turned composer GéNIA recently enjoyed success with her new compositions by releasing her latest solo piano album ‘Babylon’ alongside several sold-out London shows, whilst her music enjoyed placements in the critically acclaimed BBC America TV Series ‘Killing Eve” (starring Sandra Oh) and well-known British ITV series ‘Cold Feet’.
GéNIA's music compositions can be heard on Classic FM, Scala Radio, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC London Radio 94.9, BBC World Service, London News TV Channel, Talk Radio, BBC Wales Radio, as well as at Caffe Nero branches worldwide (as GéNIA is Caffeé Nero's featured classical artist) and also in various TV series and adverts.
In 2019 GéNIA also released a solo piano album 'Memory Waves' composed for Universal Production Music UK, which was made available for general audiences through its publication on all major distribution platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon to name just a few).
"...ONE TO WATCH..."
THE OBSERVER, UK
As a concert pianist, GéNIA has a diverse repertoire and an enthralling stage presence. Breaking classical music traditions, her concerts often take the form of a show, rather than a classical concert, as she loves to connect with her audience, making the experience very personal to them. GéNIA enjoys collaborating with talented artists from other cultural disciplines such as fashion, dance, and film-making, and often surprises her audience by inviting them to participate in her shows. Recent collaborations were with the award-winning fashion designer José Hendo and the 'Britain's Got Talent' singer Nick Celino, as well as narrating and performing in the film '20:20' by Charlotte Ginsborg.
"A MUSICAL GEM... A THRILLING AND INTOXICATING EXPERIENCE...''
CHOPIN MAGAZINE, JAPAN
Being a passionate yoga enthusiast, GéNIA's creative work is very much influenced by an holistic movement ‘Piano-Yoga®’ she founded and developed initially for herself, which offers a unique holistic contemporary approach to music performance and musical education. The method has been heavily featured in the music press, especially in the British media, described as 'The 21st century answer to playing the piano' by Yoga & Health Magazine, as well as vouched by Piano Professional magazine: ‘It really does work. Many pianists have been helped with this unorthodox and unusual method.’ While developing Piano-Yoga®, GéNIA has become a qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher.
CAREER AT A GLANCE
"... A CHARISMATIC PIANIST"
GéNIA comes from a distinguished line of Russian pianists. Starting playing piano at the age of 4, her first teacher was her great-grandmother, the renowned pianist and pedagogue Regina Horowitz (sister of pianist Vladimir Horowitz) in her native Ukraine, who had a profound and lifelong influence on GéNIA. After graduating from the Kharkov School for Gifted Children under the tutorage of Professor Viktor Makarov, who was also a pupil of Regina Horowitz, she continued her studies at the Kharkov State Institute of Arts under Professor Sergei Yushkevitch. She subsequently received a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, continunig her education with Professors Joan Havill, Caroline Palmer and Paul Hamburger. Subsequently she completed her Masters Degree at Trinity College of Music in London, under Professor Douglas Finch.
Following a traditional career path, GéNIA made her London debut as a concert pianist in the Park Lane Group Young Artist Series, which was followed by concert tours in the UK, Europe and USA. London performance venues include the Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Southbank Centre, Olympia, Kings Place, St. John's Smith Square and St Martin in the Fields to name just a few. Her classical repertoire is diverse and virtuosically astonishing.
EPTA PIANO JOURNAL, UK
After a number of years as a performing artist, GéNIA made a controversial and pioneering move away from the classical concert platform. She has collaborated with an eclectic range of artists and composers, particularly in the world of piano and electronics as an innovative composer and performer who has also crossed over into the world of pop music. She commissioned over 30 works for piano and electronics and premiered numerous works by contemporary composers including Gabriel Prokofiev, Howard Skempton, Hayden Parsey, Patrick Nunn, Max de Wardener, Mike McFerron, to name just a few. She has also worked with outstanding artists such as the Brodsky Quartet, Andy Sheppard and Jason Yarde.
"GÉNIA MANAGES TO FIND A PLATFORM FOR CONTEMPORARY COMPOSITIONS WHILST GIVING HISTORIC PIECES A FRESH AIRING."
GéNIA's recorded music career to date has seen the release of several ground-breaking records of contemporary music on various labels:
Blackbox Label (albums 'Unveiled’, featuring the music of Russian Women Composers including composers such as Gubaidulina, Ustvolskaya, Firsova and Langer, & 'Transformations' in collaboration with the violinist Roman Mints, performing music by Part, Lutoslavsky, Penderecki, Gubaidulina and Schnittke); the Nonclassical label, which released 'Piano Book' by Gabriel Prokofiev, especially composed for GéNIA, and 'Suite' for piano and electronics by John Richards which also included remixes by leading dance producers Germ, Vex'd, Kreepa, The Early Man, Trevor Goodchilde, Gabriel Prokofief and Derailer).
In 2014 GéNIA founded her own record label GéNIA MUSIC on which she continues to release her own compositions.
GéNIA's recordings, as well as interviews are regularly broadcast on BBC Radio and TV, including Classic FM, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC London Radio 94.9 and BBC Proms.
"WITH HER POSITIVE, NON-DEFEATIST APPROACH SHE EMPHASISES THE JOY AND SATISFACTION OF PLAYING AT ANY LEVEL AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE ANY PIANIST, AMATEURS AND PROFESSIONALS ALIKE, TO SIGN UP TO ONE OF HER COURSES."
INTERNATIONAL PIANO MAGAZINE
Following her Piano-Yoga® passion, GéNIA has held numerous Piano-Yoga® retreats for professional musicians and advanced amateur players at Steinway Hall, Schott Music, Kings Place in London, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in Oxford) and Arte Music Academy in Cyprus. She also launched live Piano-Yoga® Lessons on BBC London Radio 94.9.
GéNIA supports charitable causes, as she believes that the role of the artist is greater then just to create art. Most recently she gave a gala concert for UNICEF at Cote d’Azur which raised funds for one year’s education for 560 girls from Guinéa, Mozambique, Togo, Malaysia and Madagascar.
Having seven Diplomas, GéNIA is regularly invited to become involved in numerous educational projects; she is currently on the Board of Directors of 'Mysuka', a Californian Children's Choir, USA.