Described by The Times as "an outstanding musician", and Gramophone as "a charismatic pianist," Russian virtuoso pianist and educator GéNIA has a highly eclectic repertoire, embracing classical music, contemporary works and multimedia projects.
GéNIA comes from a distinguished line of Russian pianists and was taught by her great-grandmother, renowned pianist and pedagogue, Regina Horowitz (sister of pianist Vladimir Horowitz). She went on to study with the pianist Sergei Yushkevitch at the Kharkov Institute of Arts and in 1999 graduated from the Guildhall School of Music, where she studied with Professor Joan Havill, and awarded the prestigious Premier Prix. She later graduated from Trinity College, studying with Douglas Finch, and was awarded the Founders Prize for Excellence.
She has received numerous accolades including the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Dame Myra Hess Award and Craxton Trust Award.
GéNIA made her London Southbank debut in the Park Lane Group Young Artist Series in 1998. After receiving exceptional reviews she extensively toured the UK, Europe and USA.
GéNIA's London appearances include the Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Southbank Centre, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Kings Place and Olympia, She also appeared as soloist on soundtracks for the award-winning films "Paradise Grove" and "Bookcruncher". Her recordings and live interviews have featured on BBC FOUR Proms and BBC Radio 1, 3, 4, 5 and World Service.
She has received critical acclaim for her live performances and contemporary classical releases for Black Box and Nonclassical. She has commissioned over 20 new works, particularly developing the repertoire for piano and electronics, and collaborated with an eclectic range of artists.
Alongside a busy artistic career, GéNIA also undertakes educational work by giving master-classes, lectures and individual tuition and has taught at Trinity College, Dartington and COMA Summer Schools, De Montfort and Lewis Universities and CAPMT (USA).
GéNIA is founder of Piano-Yoga®, a holistic piano method of playing, performing, teaching and lifestyle philosophy.
GéNIA is a qualified B.W.Y. (British Wheel of Yoga) teacher and trained with The Life Centre, London.
GéNIA's Diplomas include: Premier Prix GSMD, MMus(Dist), LGSM(Dist), PGDipMus(Dist), PGA(Dist), HonDip of Kharkov State Institute of Arts (Ukraine), BWYDip yoga teacher
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.Click HERE
Yukiko Shinohara was born in Ibaraki, Japan and studied at Tokyo Metropolitan Senior High School for Fine Arts and Music. She received her BMus from Goldsmith’s College (University of London) under Susan Bradshaw, and later studied with Douglas Finch at Trinity College of Music where she received an MMus Degree and Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Performance. She also studied with Catherine Vickers in Frankfurt and attended summer schools at Dartington, Darmstadt, Salzburg and Nice.
She was a Park Lane Young Artist in 2001 and has performed Ligeti’s Etudes at the contemporary music festival Composium 2003 in Tokyo and premiered Britten’s early piano works at Aldeburgh Festival.
She performs both as chamber musician and soloist in Japan, U.K, Holland, France and Greece. She is currently on staff as an accompanist at Trinity College of Music.
GéNIA met Yukiko when they both studied at Trinity College of Music with pianist Douglas Finch. In 2007 GéNIA invited Yukiko to join GéNIA MUSIC Piano School.
Yukiko Shinohara: Senior Teacher
Fabio Acri was born in Naples, Italy in 1981. He began his piano studies at the age of six, and composition studies at twelve. He holds bachelors and masters degree in piano and composition from the Conservatory of Music in Naples and studied piano under Prof. Annamaria Pennella, student of Marguerite Long and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and composition under Prof. Luciano Tomei and Giacomo Manzoni.
He won the Honor Prize at “Prize of the Arts 2009 Italy”, awarded by Armando Trovajoli, for ‘music for screen’. He won 3rd Prize at the International Composition Contest “Lavagnino 2008”, Italy, jury head, Oscar-winner composer Luis Bacalov. He won the 3rd Prize at the Daniel International Young Composers Competition, 2008 Israel, jury head, Deddy Tzur, acclaimed Hollywood composer. He won Honour Prize at International Composition Prize "Petrassi" in 2007, awarded by Oscar-winner Ennio Morricone.
He has played in important theaters in Naples, Rome, Florence, Milan, Padova, Israel, France, Ohio USA. He attended master classes in piano with Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Badura-Skoda, Daniel Rivera and in film composition with Luciano Tomei and Giacomo Manzoni. Some of his compositions were performed by distinguished artists such as the "Dissonanzen" chamber music ensemble, the Ra’anana Symphonette Orchestra in Israel, the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Latina, and by the world acclaimed pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi, professor of piano at Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio, USA.
He has been a music teacher for more than 15 years, tuition for classical piano, harmony, composition, orchestration, movie soundtrack composition, music technology ( Finale, Logic ), jazz piano, from ABRSM exams to Trinity Guildhall exams, from KeyStage to adult courses.
Fabio Acri: Team Teacher
Saori Tomoda was born in Tokyo Machida and began studying the piano at the age of 5. She studied piano performance, music theory, accompaniment and singing under Mami Nishida.
At the age of 19 she started teaching the piano for the first time, which included classical and rock/pop to young musicians and actors. During this period she was also involved in session work in Tokyo and then in London while studying for her Master’s in Law. She has gigged with bands and singers at numerous live venues and night clubs, and has also worked as a choral accompanist.
After arriving in London she took a teaching training course with GéNIA to learn the Piano-Yoga® method directly. She is currently undertaking a three year Piano-Yoga® First Diploma Course with the school and works as GéNIA’s teaching assistant.
She specializes in children’s music education and lessons for complete beginners, and her students regularly achieve distinctions.
Pianist & composer John Cervantes has led his own groups at Vortex Jazz Club, Manchester Jazz Festival, Derry Jazz Festival, N. Ireland, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, Charlie Wrights International, and Matt&Phreds Club, among many others. As a band member for other musicians he has performed at festivals and venues across Europe such as London Jazz Festival, Openair St Gallen Festival, Switzerland, and Kings Place.
In 2009 he played live and was interviewed on BBC Radio Foyle, BBC Radio Ulster and Ocean FM as part of an "unmissable" (Belfast Telegraph) string of dates with his piano trio in Ireland. He was awarded a Peter Whittingham Development Award the same year. In December 2010 he premiered "exciting new music" (JazzFM) that he composed for his large ensemble, featuring special guest Stan Sulzmann, at The Forge in Camden. 2011 has seen the ensemble performing new compositions and arrangements, and it now incorporates improvising string players; the ensemble will be recording in the studio later this year.
John is a jazz piano graduate of the Master of Arts in Performance programme at the Royal Academy of Music, where he had the opportunity to share the stage with eminent musicians including Mike Gibbs, Gerard Presencer and Henry Lowther. For more information and up to date news.