"...an outstanding musician... she knows how to communicate with her audience, and has the virtuosity that marks her out as a natural pianist."
Enigma of the music world, composer and concert pianist GéNIA has a diverse repertoire and an enthralling stage presence. Braking classical traditions, her concerts often take a form of a show rather then a classical performance, as she loves to connect with her audience and make an experience very personal to them. GéNIA enjoys collaborating with talented artists from another cultural disciplines, like fashion, dance and filmmaking, and often surprises her audience by inviting them to participate in her shows.
Concert pianist turned composer GéNIA's music compositions can be heard on Classic FM, BBC London Radio 94.9, Caffe Nero Branches worldwide (as GéNIA is Caffeé Nero's featured classical artist) and in various TV and advertising series. Recent highlights include GéNIA's music appearing in the critically acclaimed TV Series ' Killing Eve' starring Sandra Oh.
GéNIA's creative work, as well as her lifestyle, is very much influenced by her philosophy, an holistic movement that she founded and developed called Piano-Yoga®, which promotes an organic development of a musician (whether it is a performer, a music student, an amateur pianist or a child) and offers an holistic contemporary approach to music education.
GéNIA was prompted to develop Piano-Yoga® when she was facing the challenges of playing Rachmaninoff 'Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini' due to limitations of her small hand-span. She created a method that helped her to stretch her hands and later published a book of exercises 'Piano-Yoga®: Transform Your Hands' that helped many musicians. The method was described as 'The 21st century answer to playing the piano' by Yoga & Health Magazine and 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 yoga teacher, and this is when yogic philosophy and lifestyle made a profound impact and brought a big change in her life.
"...one to watch..."
The Observer, UK
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, the sister of pianist Vladimir Horowitz, in her native Ukraine, who brought a profound lifelong influence on GéNIA. After completing 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. Later on she received a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and continued her education with Professors Joan Havill, Caroline Palmer and Paul Hamburger. To finish her education she completed a Masters Degree at the 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. 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, often participating in collaborating process of bringing a new work to life. Amongst the composers that GéNIA worked with are Gabriel Prokofiev, Howard Skempton, Hayden Parsey, Patrick Nunn, Max de Wardener, Mike McFerron to name a few. She also worked with an outstanding artists like the Brodsky Quartet, Andy Sheppard and Jason Yarde.
GéNIA's recorded music career to date has seen the release of several ground-breaking records of contemporary music on both Blackbox Label (albums 'Unveild": music of Russian Women Composers (Gubaidulina, Ustvolskaya, Firsova and Langer) and 'Transformations' in collaboration with the violinist Roman Mints, performing music by Part, Lutoslavsky, Penderecki, Gubaidulina and Schnittke), Nonclassical label ('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) as well as on her own label GéNIA MUSIC with her own music compositions.
GéNIA's recordings as well as interview appearances 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.
In 2003 GéNIA took part in the largest infrasonic experiment in the world, Project ‘Infrasonic’ at the Southbank Centre, which attracted a worldwide interest from scientists, musicians and the press. Collaborating with a musician and composer Sarah Angliss, psychologists Richard Wiseman and Ciaran O’Keeffe, and scientists from the National Physical Laboratory, the experiment involved generating infrasound frequencies during the concert in order to determine whether infrasound waves could be experienced by the audience. The project was sponsored by the Welcome Trust. GéNIA was the first pianist in history to use infrasound in a live concert setting.
"... a charismatic pianist"
These collaborative experiences helped GéNIA move into the world of composition four years ago. Her Debut Album ‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow' of solo piano compositions has recently been released to great acclaim. It has been broadcast on BBC Radio and Classic FM, and is currently being played in all branches of Caffè Nero worldwide, as well as has been performed internationally at The Kings Place, London, St James Theatre Studio, London, The Jazz Café Pizza Express, London, Theatre de la Photographie et de L'Image , Nice and La Note Bleue in Monaco.
GéNIA’s music is popular with the fashion world and recently has been used by the fashion designer Nikola Conradie in their latest catwalk.
GéNIA is currently working with Faber Synk Agency (part of Faber Music Publishers). She has composed library music for BMG music library and her compositions have been frequently used in media.
In 2015 GéNIA was nominated a classical artist of Caffè Nero and in the same year launched a series of classical concerts at Heathrow Airport together with Caffè Nero, which were featured in The Times.
In January 2016 GéNIA completed composition of a song based on a poem by a famous Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko which the poet himself commissioned from GéNIA.
On 14th February, The Valentine Day, 2016 GéNIA released a classical piano version of 'Someone Like You' by Adele which has been played on Classic Fm and Radio 2.
"a musical gem... a thrilling and intoxicating experience...''
Chopin Magazine, Japan
Recently GéNIA starred in a film by Charlotte Ginsborg scheduled for release in 2017. On this occasion GéNIA had an opportunity to revoke the acting skills that she used to deploy when she was a teenager, and appears in a movie narrating a story as well as playing a monumental piano piece by Gabriel Prokofiev, specially written for the film.
Loving music, acting and fashion GéNIA often tries to connect these disciplines in her shows and at her recent show at St James Theatre, she was wearing a dress made by an award winning designer Jose Hendo, made from a tree bark fabric. The dress was featured on CNN. GéNIA also hosted a famous Russian dinner and a concert at the Hurlingham Club in London, where each course was followed by a specific music programme and therefore the show was divided into three parts: Entree, La Plat Principal & Le Dessert.
"GéNIA manages to find a platform for contemporary compositions whilst giving historic pieces a fresh airing."
In conjunction with her busy artistic career GéNIA always makes sure that she takes the time to undertake educational work by giving master-classes, seminars and lectures. She has taught at Trinity College of Music, Dartington and COMA Summer Schools, De Montfort University (Leicester), Lewis University (Peoria, USA), Californian Association of Piano Teachers (CAPMT) in Los-Angeles, and EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) International Conferences in 2007 and 2009. She is also founder of the Piano-Yoga® Music Studio located in central London.
GéNIA's unique approach to piano playing is based on her method Piano-Yoga® , a multi-dimensional method of piano playing, performing and teaching. GéNIA often holds Piano-Yoga® retreats; the venues in the UK include Steinway Hall, Schott Music, Kings Place (London) and Jacqueline du Pré Music Building (Oxford). She recently held a Seven Day Piano-Yoga® Retreat in Cyprus. She also launched live Piano-Yoga® Lessons on BBC London Radio 94.9. GéNIA's blog on Piano-Yoga® website is very popular and provides a platform for sharing her views on holistic music education.
"With her positive, non-defeatist approach che 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
GéNIA supports charitable causes as she believes that the role of the artist is bigger then just to create art; most recently she gave a gala concert for UNICEF at Cote d’Azur that helped to raise funds for one year’s education for 560 girls from Guinéa, Mozambique, Togo, Malaisie and Madagascar.
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.
GéNIA holds numerous instrumental diplomas: MMus (Dist), LGSM (Dist), PGDipMus(Dist), PGA(Dist), Honours Diploma of Kharkov State Institute of Arts (Ukraine) and Concert Recital Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music (Premier Prix GSMD) and is a recipient of the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Founders Prize for Excellence, the Dame Myra Hess Award and the Craxton Trust Award. GéNIA is also a qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher having trained at The Life Centre®, London.