The Silent Sessions: Anna Geniushene


 

The Silent Sessions

Yamaha Music Presents

The Silent Piano Sessions: Anna Geniushene

28th September 2017, 6:30pm at Yamaha Music London

Hear the piano like never before. Performing on our highly acclaimed Silent Piano - a true acoustic piano with our pioneering Silent Technology - only by listening through the wireless headphones provided will you be able to hear the playing of virtuoso pianist Anna Geniushene.

A virtuoso pianist, Geniushene has won prizes at many prestigious piano competitions - winning three in this year alone. Experience her performances like never before in the Silent Session.

Programme:

  • Bach/Busoni: Choral Prelude "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christe" BV249
  • Haydn: Sonata XVI:31 E Major
  • Schumann: Drei Fantasieschtucke Op.111
  • Rachmaninov: Etudes - Tableaux Nos 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6

Whilst the performance will be 100% Geniushene, the sound you'll hear is that of the world-class CFX Concert Grand - a grand piano 19 years in the making with stunning clarity and pureness of tone. Places are limited and sure to fill up fast; book your free place now to avoid disappointment.



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Anna Geniushene

Anna Geniushene

Born in January 1991 in Moscow, Anna Geniushene commenced her Master of Arts degree at the Royal Academy of Music, studying under Professor Emeritus Christopher Elton. She is generously supported by the ABRSM Scholarship and the English-Speaking Union.

Geniushene graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory, where she gained her Bachelor’s degree under Elena Kuznetsova. Since the age of eight, she has been actively involved in the cultural life of Moscow: her early musical achievements included second prize at the Shostakovich Music Competition (1998), as well as the Grand Prix at the Blütner International Piano Competition in Kaliningrad (2006).

The year of 2017 has become a very prosperous for Geniushene — she received three prizes in a row at the different competitions such as Mauro Monopoli Prize (second prize, Italy) and Sheepdrove Intercollegiate Competition (first prize/audience prize, Newbury). Her recent major achievement includes Third prize, Junior Academy Prize and Chamber Music Prize at Feruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano/Bozen,Italy, 2017), one of the oldest competitions in the world.

Geniushene has been a prize winner at many competitions, including Shchedrin Music Competition (first prize, Moscow, 2008), Musika be sienu (first prize, Lithuania, 2009), Romantic Music Festival for Young Musicians, (first prize, Moscow, 2010), Citta di Padova (second prize, Italy, 2012) and Maria Yudina International Music Competition (first prize, St Petersburg, Russia, 2015).

Geniushene is delighted to have featured several times in the encyclopedia A Talented Youth; The Future of Russia (2010). She is actively involved in promoting Russian culture throughout the world: she was elected as a representative of the Moscow State Conservatory and has taken part in the Kyoto International Music Students Festival in Japan in 2014. In the autumn of 2015 Geniushene became a soloist at the St Petersburg House of Music, having received an invitation to play in several concerts throughout Russia.

Geniushene has already performed in concert halls such as Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, making her debut with famed Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no.1, the Konzerthaus “Neue Welt” , Schumann's Haus in Zwickau and Chamber Hall of Berliner Philarmoniein Berlin, Germany. Her Evening Recital at Wigmore Hall, one of the most prestigious stages in the world, was highly acclaimed by the audience and international critics.

In 2017 Geniushene was selected as a participant of the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove where she was tutored by renowned artists Ferenc Rados and Rita Wagner as well as a world-leading pianist Kirill Gerstein. She regularly takes part in masterclasses and collaborates with such renowned artists as Imogen Cooper, Klaus Hellwig, Pascal Devoyon, Pascal Roge, Pavel Nersessian, Alexandre Rabinovitch, Alexander Sandler, Haenk Gouttard, Steven Osborne.

Being a versatile musician, Geniushene is a keen player of chamber music. She often plays with her husband, acclaimed pianist Lukas Geniusas, and runs her own NikoMusicCollection Festival in Moscow.



Pianist playing a Silent piano using headphones

What are Silent Pianos?

Silent Technology allows you to play a real acoustic piano with headphones at any time, day or night without being disturbed or disturbing others.

For our Silent pianos, our prime goal was to make a beautiful true acoustic piano, built with the knowledge and skill of over 100 years of Yamaha piano crafting. We then add our class-leading Silent Technology which allows you to play the piano using headphones - making the piano silent to anyone else in the room. Silent Technology, when activated, captures every movement and nuance of the piano keys, hammers and pedals as you play, using a highly sophisticated sensor-technology. Crucially, it also brings each hammer to a stop before it can strike the strings. All of those movements are instantly translated by the Silent Module which sends an authentic piano tone to your headphones.

The Silent pianos possess many other features, including a range of pre-installed sounds and connectivity to mobile devices with the latest apps.