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Debut at Wigmore . An interview with pianist Lukas Geniušas

Posted April 2, 2015 in Events



Dear Lukas, thank you for finding time to this brief interview.  We all are looking forward to  your recital at Wigmore Hall.

How often do you perform in London?

Thanks – I look forward as well, it will be my first serious public appearance, a debut at Wigmore   Hall which is a highly important stage for any classical artist.

 We understand you live in Moscow. How much time do you spend in Lithuania?

That’s right, I am born in Moscow and based there mainly so far although Lithuania serves my second home, I’ve always been visiting my family there and continue so – at least once in two months. I feel really familiar with the local live, speak Lithuanian as a native language and simply admire spending time there.

 Your Lithuanian is perfect. How did you go about learning Lithuanian growing up in Moscow?

This is a merit of my dad purely – he decided to communicate with me from the my very childhood only in that language securing thus my further bilingual upbringing.

 Your background has famous musical dynasty ruts:  your grandmother was a famous pianist and Professor at Moscow Conservatoire Vera Gornostayeva.  Both your father and mother are famous pianists.  Do you feel any discomfort or pressure from the audience in regards of big expectations?

Indeed my family isn’t a regular one and this fact has crucially influenced my musical evolution. I always have known that my task is to represent and continue the traditions at a highest level but pressure would actually become more tangible after my own achievements showed up and I naturally became responsible for them.

 Professor Vera Gornostayeva was taught by the legendary Russian piano teacher  Heinrich Neuhaus.  As a pianist, do you feel part of this lineage?

I certainly feel and attribute myself as a Russian piano school tradition successor. This is such a strong performing tradition that whatever talented or exceptional the pianist is, he, being a part of it through his mentors, automatically applies a “rules of this game” to his art.

 Who is your favorite composer?

Oh, that’s a typical “no go” question, sorry! One wishing to answer that question fairly can never point out one from an endless clouds of geniuses…

My idea here is very simple: the music (i.e. composers) I play at this very moment are my European but this is really versatile!

How do you balance your music with other activities – your friends, clubs, parties?

I have enough of free time between concerts which I tend to spend at my country-house with my wife and family where oxygen is present in a bigger portions than in stuffy Moscow. Clubs and parties are more of a reminiscence now…not a happiest one!

 You have been performing in various countries. In every country people listen differently. Describe what kind of audience you most  happy performing for  at your  concerts? 

Well, so far my experience tells me that Russian and Japanese audiences are the most enjoyable although in a completely different ways. In first case you will have an emotionally proportional reception to what you’ve been able to convey on stage and in second it is almost the opposite – you will get equally respectful and attentive listening whatever successful is your performance. Silence and total concentration are our best friends on stage and Japanese are able to create that. I completely appreciate most of central European public as well, that’s where the culture of classical music was born, undoubtedly, and there have a clue of how to perceive that.

 Where you would like to live as a musician? Why?

I would probably not prefer to move anywhere from Moscow. It is such a huge hub for all the international musical events, you are free to listen almost anything you want. Also, there is a considerable circle of people, colleagues, whom I feel akin to in terms of background.

 Do you have any time for reading? What is your favorite book/movie?

I absolutely love reading – not at all considering myself an expert in a literature, as my Grandmother Vera was – I like different epochs and genres (ancient Greek philosophy) but 20 century literature mostly. As for now I am reading science fiction: Stephen Hawking’s “Brief History of Time”.

Thank you very much for your answers. We wish you all the best and a very Happy Easter!

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