Petras Geniušas

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Pianist Petras Geniušas is one of the most prominent, versatile and adventurous Lithuanian performers. Having mastered an extensive repertoire of classical, romantic and contemporary works, he frequently appears in recitals and concerts with Lithuanian symphony orchestras, and various chamber ensembles and musicians.He have chared a stage with the such a giants as Rostropovich, Menuchin, Kniazev, Geringas, Chekassin among others. But apart from his appearances as a classical musician, Petras Geniušas can also be often seen perform on drama stage and in musical performances, as well as in jazz and crossover projects. His musical interests range far beyond his background as a classical concert pianist – from English virginalists and ethnic music from different parts of the world to avant-garde, jazz and electronic dance beats. This also affects the way he interprets classical music, which makes this piano virtuoso so special.

Born into a musical family in Vilnius, Petras Geniušas graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music under Prof. Jurgis Karnavičius, and continued his studies at the Moscow Conservatory under Prof. Vera Gornostayeva. A series of highest awards at the top-notch piano competitions (including the 2nd prize in the 1989 Pilar Bayona Piano Competition, Zaragoza; the 1st prize in the 1991 Y.C.A.A. International Piano Competition, Oberlin; 3rd prize in the 1991 A.M.S.A. World Piano Competition, Cincinnati; and 1st prize in the 1992 Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition) remarkably confirmed his reputation as one of the most gifted and accomplished Lithuanian pianists of his generation. In addition to regular engagements in Lithuania, Petras Geniušas has toured over twenty countries around the world, and performed at the world’s major concert venues including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Great Hall, New York Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, Tokyo Geijitsu Geikijo, and Vienna’s Musikverein.

Petras Geniušas’ career as a teacher included such engagements as Master Classes in Tokyo and Osaka, The Swedish-Baltic Master Classes “Academia Baltica” and the Royal Academy of Music in London (1996-8). From 1992 to 1998 he was teaching regularly at the Yamaha Master Class in Tokyo, and currently holds professorship from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Petras Geniušas recorded several critically acclaimed CDs for different labels in Germany, Japan and Lithuania. A documentary “Improvisation. Theme: Petras Geniušas” was shot in 2004 (directed by Monika Juozapavičiūtė for the Lithuanian National Radio and Television), which portrays his many-sided personality not in the standard concert tuxedo, but in his casual gear, sharing his time with the family, colleagues, friends and pupils between Vilnius, Moscow and London.

In recognition of his wide-ranging concert activities and artistic accomplishments, he became the recipient of the Lithuanian National Award 1992 and WIPO Creativity Award 2004.


Osvaldas Balakauskas

Dal vento (1999)

Art Bob

Rain for Cracow

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis

Prelude VL 260

Prelude VL 294

Prelude VL 295

Prelude VL 187

Two Pieces on a Theme

Prelude VL 270

Prelude VL 269

Prelude VL 256

Prelude VL 304

Prelude (VL 199) op. 11 No2

The Sea, Cycle of Small Landscapes

Fugue in B ftat minor

Bronius Kutavičius

Piano Sonata

Pronounce word – lips turn into ice…

Perpetum mobile

Rhythmus – arhythmus

Seven miniatures by Stasys

Vytautas Laurušas

Madrigale strumentale

Loreta Narvilaitė

Call - Light (2000)

Gintaras Sodeika Alzheimer Sonata

Anatolijus Šenderovas Trio

Mindaugas Urbaitis

Reminiscences. Quasi una sonata for cello and piano (1999)


Johann Sebastian Bach

"The Well-tempered Clavier", BWV 846-69; BWV 870-93 / Vol.1 and 2 (selected)

Partita in B flat major, BWV 825

"Italian Concerto" in F major, BWV 971

Samuel Barber

Sonata in E flat major, Op.26

Bela Bartok

15 Hungarian Peasant Songs

Sonata in E flat major, Op.7 No.4

Sonata in D major, Op. 10 No.3

Sonata in D minor, Op.31 No.2, Tempest

Sonata in E flat major, op.81a No.26, Das Lebewohl, Abwesenheit und Wiedersehn

Sonata in C sharp minor, op. 27

Sonata in A major, op.101 No.28

Sonata in E major Op.109, No.30

Sonata in F minor, op. 57

Für Elise

Bagatellen op. 126

Alban Berg

Piano Sonata Op.1

Luciano Berio

Six encores

William Byrd Pavan the tennthe Mr. W. Peter

Pavan The earle of Salisbury Pavan in G

Galliard in G


"The galliard to the tennthe pavan"

The carmans whistle

Johannes Brahms

Sonata in C major Op.1, No.1

Sonata in F minor Op.5, No.3

Piano Pieces Op.119

Etudes: No. 1, 2, 3, 4 , 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 Op.10 Etudes No.14, 21, 22 Op.25

Nocturnes: in B major op.32, In B major Op.62 No.1

Selected Mazurkas

Scherzo in B minor No.1 op.20

Polonaise in C sharp minor op.26 No.1 Polonaise in F sharp minor Op.44 Polonaise-Fantasie op.61

Ballade: in G minor No.1 Op.23 Ballade in A flat major No.3 Op.47

Impromptu in A flat major Op.19

Muzio Clementi

Sonata in F Major op. 26

Claude Debussy

Six Preludes

Images (2)

Pour le piano

Etudes: Pour les Cinq doigts, Pour les notes repetees, Pour les accords

Manuel de Falla

Serenata Andaluza, 1899


Waltz from Faust

Enrique Granados

Spanish Dance No. 2, No. 5

Edvard Grieg

Preludium from the suite From Holberg's Time, Op. 40

Alemdar Karamanov

Fantastic March

Franz Liszt

Etudes de Concert: in D flat Major, in F Minor

Etudes d’execution transcendante: No.2, 8, 10, 12

Pastorale from Annees de Pelerinage (Siuisse) Au bord d’une source from Annees de Pelerinage (Siuisse)

Rhapsodies Hongroise: No.10, 15

Ballade in B flat minor No.2

Olivier Messiaen

Selected from Vingt Regards sur L’Enfant Jesus Preludes 1929 (selected)

Federico Mompou

Cansione y dansa No. 1, 6

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Variations in G major KV 455

Variations in F major KV398

Sonata in E flat major KV282

Sonata in A minor KV 310

Sonata in B flat major KV 570

Arvo Part

For Alina

Sergei Prokofiev

Sonatas No.1,7

"Satanic Apparition" No.4 Op.4

Sarcasms Op.17

Suggestion diabolique, Op.4 No.4

Sergei Rachmaninov

Selected Preludes Op.23 and 32

Selected Etudes-Tableaux Op.33 and 39

Sonata No.2 in B flat minor op.36

Variations on the theme Corelli Op.42


Domenico Scarlatti

Four sonatas

Franz Schubert

Sonata in B major Op. 147

Sonata in c minor op. posth. 1828

Phantasie Wanderer in C Major Op.15

Selected Impromtus Op.90, 142

Three Pieces for Piano D 946

Robert Schumann

Sonata in F sharp minor op.11

Phantasiestücke Op. 12

Phantasie in C major Op.17

Humoreske Op.20

Novellette in F sharp minor Op. 21 No.8

Bunte Blatter Op.99

Alexander Scriabin

Sonata No.3 in F sharp minor Op.23

Sonata No.9 Op.68

Etudes Op.42

Toru Takemitsu

Rain Tree Sketch


Michael Tiippett Piano sonata No. 2

Heitor Villa-Lobos

Alma Brasileira (Choro No. 5)

William Boyce

Pavan the tennthe Mr. W. Peter

Pavan The earle of Salisbury

Pavan in G

Galliard in G


"The galliard to the tennthe pavan"

The carmans whistle

Takashi Yoshimatsu

Pleiades Dances book III

Sonata in G minor op.54 No.1

Carl Vine

Sonata / Piano Sonata No. 1


Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata for violine and piano in A minor Op.23, No.4

Sonata for violine and piano in F major Op.5, No.1

Sonata for violine and piano in A minor Op.69, No.3

Sonata for violine and piano in C major Op.102, No.1

Six Variations Themes for flute and piano Op.105

Trio for clarinet, cello and piano No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 11 (“Gassenhauertrio”)

Sonata for cello and piano No. 4

Johannes Brahms

Sonata in G major Op.78, No.1

Sonata in A major Op.100, No.2

Sonata No.1 in E Minor Op.38

Sonata in F major Op.99, No.2

Sonata for clarinet and piano in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2

Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in A minor, Op. 114

Bela Bartok

Contrasts for clarinet, violine and piano

César Franck

Sonata for violine and piano in A major (1886)

Paul Hindemith

Sonata for violine and piano in E Major

Leoš Janaček


Bohuslav Martinu

"Variations on the theme by Rossini"

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Trio in D minor Op.49

Darius Milhaud

„Scaramouche“ for clarinet and piano

„Quatre Visages“ for viola and piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonata in B flat major, KV 378

Arvo Part


Asror Piazzolla

„La Grand Tango“ for viola and piano

Arnold Schönberg


Franz Schubert

Trio in B flat major op.99

Robert Schumann

Sonata in D minor Op.121

Quintet for piano, 2 violines, viola and cello

Märchenerzählungen“ for clarinet, viola and piano

Three romances for clarinet and piano


John Adams

„Century Rolls“ for Piano and Symphony Orchestra

Concerto in G minor, BWV 1058

Ludwig van Beethoven

Concerto in B flat major Op.19, No.2

Frederic Chopin

Concerto No.1 in E minor op.11

Edvard Grieg

Concerto in A Minor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto No.9 in E flat major KV 271

Concerto No.20 in D minor KV 466

Concerto No.22 in E flat major, KV 482

Concerto No.26 in D major, KV 537

Sergei Prokofiev

Concerto No.1 in D flat major Op.10

Concerto No.2 in G minor Op.16

Concerto No.3 in C major Op.26

Maurice Ravel

Concerto No.2 in D major

Alfred Schnittke

Concerto No.1

Rodion Shchedrin

Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 6

Robert Schumann

Concerto in A minor Op.54

Dmitri Shostakovich

Piano quintet in G minor, op.57 (arr. for piano and string orchestra)


Igor Stravinsky

Le Sacre du Printemps (transcription for 2 pianos)

Concert at the Museum of Applied Art, 21 April 2011


Fantasiestücke for clarinet and piano, Op. 73; Märchenerzählungen for clarinet, viola and piano, op. 132


Sonata for viola and piano


Three pieces for clarinet, viola and piano, Op. 83


Three miniatures for clarinet, viola and piano, Op. 18, No. 3

JONĖ KALIŪNAITĖ (viola, Germany)



Concert in Vilnius Congress Concert Hall, 22 January 2010

A symphony concert “A Postscript to the Festive Days”


Piano concerto No 20 in d-minor, K 466


Piano Concerto No 1, Op. 6


Symphony No 4 in f-minor, Op. 36



Concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, March 3, 2010

To mark the 200th birth anniversary of Frédéric Chopin


Le Sacre du Printemps (transcription for 2 pianos)



24 etudes for piano, Op. 10 and Op. 25



Concert at the Museum of Applied Art, November 25, 2009


String Quartet in D minor (1924)


Reflection for string quartet


Aria for string quartet


String Quartet No. 2 "In Loving Memory...“



Concert in the Festival “Music of Changes”, 16th of October, 2009

“Century Reflections”

STASYS VAINIŪNAS ”Glees” / “Sutartinė” op. 35 for symphony orchestra (1968)

EDUARDAS BALSYS “Reflections of Sea” for string orchestra (1981)

OSVALDAS BALAKAUSKAS “Tetra” for symphony orchestra (2007)


JOHN ADAMS “Century Rolls” for piano and symphony orchestra (1996)

Lithuanian Nationl Symphony Orchestra

Artistic Director and Superior Conductor - Juozas Domarkas

Soloist - Petras Geniušas (piano)

Concert at the Pažaislis Music Festival, Kaunas Philharmonic Hall, July 11, 2009

The Flight of the Virtuozo

Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in D major, Op. 10, No. 3

Alexander Scriabin Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor

George Gerswhin Rhapsody in Blue

Concert at the National Philharmonic Hall, 30 December 2007

Programme "A Confession for Piano, or 20 Favourite Encores of Petras Geniušas"

SERGEI RACHMANINOV Prelude in C sharp minor, Op.3 No.2

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Prelude and Fugue in G major from the Well-Tempered Clavier II, BWV 884

ENRIQUE GRANADOS Spanish Dance No. 2


SERGEJ PROKOFJEV Suggestion diabolique, Op.4 No.4

HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS Alma Brasileira (Choro No. 5)

FRANZ SCHUBERT Moment musicaux in F minor, Op. 94 No. 3, D.780

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Mazurka in B flat major, Op. 7 No. 1

Impromptu in A flat major, Op. 29

Etude in C minor, Op. 10 No. 12


ROBERT SCHUMANN "Aufschwung" from the Fantasiestücke, Op. 12

FREDERIC MOMPOU Cancion y Danza No. 6




EDVARD GRIEG Preludium from the suite From Holberg's Time, Op. 40

ENRIQUE GRANADOS Spanish Dance No. 5

FREDERIC MOMPOU Cancion y Danza No. 1

CLAUDE DEBUSSY Feux d'artifice

SERGEJ RACHMANINOV Prelude in B flat major, Op. 23 No.2

Recital at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, February 18, 2006

L.van Beethoven Sonata in D Minor, Op.31 No.2, Tempest

B.Bartok 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs

R.Schumann Phantasie in C Major

Concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, March 13, 2004

J.Brahms – Sextet in G major, op.36;

G.Bacewicz – Concerto for string orchestra;

D.Shostakovich – Piano quintet in G minor, op.57 (arr. for piano and string orchestra)



Concert at the Usedomer Music Festival, 23 09 2000

Ludwig van Beethoven Trio in B flat major op. 11 ”Gassenhauertrio"

Anatolijus Šenderovas Trio No. 2 ”In Memoriam"

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Trio in D minor op. 49

Raimundas Katilius (violin), Vytautas Sondeckis (cello), Petras Geniušas (piano)

Concert in the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, November 28, 1992

L.Berio Waserklavier, Erdenklavier, Luftklavier, Feuerklavier, Wasserklavier

J.Brahms Sonata in C major Op.1, No.1


M.Clementi Sonata in F sharp Minor op. 26

S.Prokofiev Sarcasms Op.17

Wagner-Liszt Isoldes Liebestod

F.Liszt Csardas obstinee, Pastorale, Au bord d’une source from Annees de Pelerinage (Siuisse), Hungarian Rhapsody No.10

After his performance of Scriabin’s “Promethee, le Poeme du Feu” with an American Symphony Orchestra at the Lincoln Centre’s Avery Fisher Hall in November, 1998 “The New York Times” wrote: “Mr. Geniusas played compellingly”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

The performance of the Lithuanian pianist Petras Geniusas in the second tour of the contest has become a genuine discovery. The audience was onthrall by his interpretation of F.Schubert’s most complicated Sonata in C minor. The musician has demonstrated not only his resplendent pianism but also his subtle proficiency in profound reflection.

El Dia, Spain

Petras Geniusas’ talent harmoniuosly unites both: the intellect predominant in the Western piano schools, and the individual poetic expressiveness following the best of the Russian piano playing traditions.

Sovetskaya kultura, Russia

Thematic remaking, dotted rhytms, and sonority (in Schumann’s Novellette No 8) had the majestic breathing of high romanticism with amazing culture of sound.

Wolfgang Butzlaff, Flensburger Tageblatt, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival

… sensitive caught dialogue with the orchestra. … composer Alfred Schnittke thanked brilliant virtuoso pianist Petras Geniusas, who in his devoted performance effectively emphasized stress and contrasts.

Lüzerner Zeitung, Switzerland

Geniusas perfectly executed the Wagner-Liszt Isoldes Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde. Prokofjev’s dissonant Sarcasms demonstrated his vistuosity.

H.Perez-Vidal, Palm Beach Post, USA

Mr. Geniusas draws a handsome tone from the piano… Prokofjev’s magnificently malicious Sarcasms (Op.27) were incisively characterised… Group of Liszt pieces allowed impressive displays of technique…

Alex Ross, The New York Times

Petras Geniusas began the solo introduction of Rachmaninov’s C minor piano concerto in a broad tempo of stately breadth, taking good advantage of clean, masculine strength of his accomplished hands.

Asahi, Japan