Vancouver Chopin Society
Sunday, April 15th, 2012, 7:30 pm - Vancouver Playhouse, Hamilton&Dunsmuir, Vancouver


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Lukas Geniusas
13 Preludes Op.32
Sonata No. 3 in B minor
"From incredible wildness to dreamlike beauty. Everything with a perfect technique" -- Jyllandsposten, 7 March 2011

Lukas Geniušas won the Second Prize ex equo (equal) in the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2010, and also the special award of The Fryderyk Chopin Society for the best performance of a polonaise in Stage II.
He was invited by the Chopin Institute in Warsaw to play a recital on March 1, 2012 commemorating the 202nd anniversary of Chopin’s birth. The recital took place at Warsaw’s Philharmonic Concert Hall and the programme included all three Chopin Sonatas.
Lukas Geniusas was born in 1990 in Moscow. Being born into a family of musicians played a major role in Lukas's swift musical development at an early age. His grandmother, Vera Gornostaeva, a prominent teacher and a professor at the Moscow Conservatory, became his first mentor.
He has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Symphonies of Hamburg and Duisburg in Germany, BBC Scottish Symphony, Lithuanian State Orchestra, The Capella of St. Petersburg and he has collaborated with such conductors as Vladimir Ziva, Andrey Boreyko, Saulus Sondeckis, Dmitry Liss, Jonathan Darlington, Roman Kofman and others.
He has been a recipient of grants from both Vladimir Spivakov Foundation and Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation, and has been a regular participant of The New Names Foundation Concerts. He has been awarded The Russian Federation "Young Talents" (2005) and "The Gifted Youth of XXI century" (2007) federal grants.

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You may or may not know, candidates for the Chopin Competition in Warsaw are selected in a two-step process. The first is based on the recordings and next, they are auditioned by outstanding Polish and foreign musicians. Finally around 80 candidates are admitted to the Competition. What is interesting is that three pianists, including Trifonov, were admitted without audition. I asked several members of the

Audition Committee before the Competition started who made the biggest impression during the audition. Most jurors were pointing to Geniusas that he has great talent and we will hear his name in the near future. As we know today, Geniusas proved at the Competition that they were right. This may not be surprising, as his father Petras is a well known pianist and teacher, and his grandmother, Vera Gornostaeva, is one of the most famous teachers in the world, renowned for having taught over 50 prize winners of international piano competitions. Gornostaeva has been teaching and mentoring Lukas since he entered the Moscow Conservatory in 2008. I truly believe that this young man has a great future.

Please note that the programme of the recital has changed. The new programme can be seen under Geniusas's photo.

One of my dreams is to present to the Vancouver audience one of the best chamber music pieces ever written, composed by Juliusz Zarebski in 1985 just before he died at age 31. Martha Argerich played this piece last year at the 'Chopin and his Europe' Festival in Warsaw. Argerich included this masterpiece in the programme of her own festival in Lugano in June. Please read below a feature article written by Adrian Thomas about this forgotten composer.

Zarebski Piano Quintet
-- by Adrian Thomas

I’m about to engage in a labour of love: writing a CD note for one of the ‘forgotten’ masterpieces of 19th-century music. The name Juliusz Zarębski (pronounced Yooliush Zarempski) is hardly known outside his native Poland, but in his time he was one of the most famous pianists in Europe. Zarębski (1854-85) was one of Liszt’s pupils and started teaching at the Conservatory in Brussels when he was in his mid-20s. But, like too many of his contemporaries, he succumbed to tuberculosis and died when he was only 31.

I am a passionate advocate of Zarębski’s Piano Quintet, which he completed shortly before he died, and it is very exciting that a new recording will be issued here later this year (I can say no more!). There have been over a handful of CD recordings already, but none has penetrated the market much beyond Poland. Yet major figures have performed it: Martha Argerich played it in Poland last year.

I remembered yesterday that I had a written a little piece on Zarębski for a Polish CD magazine, Studio, about 15 years ago. So, as a tribute to the composer, who was born on this day in 1854, and in an attempt to whet the appetite for the new CD, I’ve reproduced the article below (unaltered except for a few recording updates) and intercut it with YouTube videos of a concert performance given by the Bulgarian Quarto Quartet with Darina Vassileva on 12 April 2010. This is a committed and fervent interpretation which brings out the work’s great strength, passion and originality.

You can read the entire article here.

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