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.
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
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.