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Genevieve Lacey


Management: Worldwide

Website: www.genevievelacey.com

Astra Chamber Music Society
“Guest artist recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey demonstrated her extraordinary musicianship and versatility playing both Renaissance and electronic-assisted compositions across a range of instruments from the recorder family. Best of all was Adams Et Døgn – One Day for solo recorders and computer, its quasi didgeridoo opening bass notes leading to complex reiterations of birdsong-like motifs that appeared to echo through an imagined forest in a celebration of nature.”
Martin Duffy The Age 22 October 2012

BighART/Namatjira,Malthouse Theatre
“Equally important to the production is Genevieve Lacey's haunting live score (played on a variety of instruments, including a gorgeous, sonorous contrabass recorder) ….”
Richard Watts – ArtsHub 17 August 2011

Sligo New Music Festival 2011
“…the recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, performed her solo set with such sensual concentration that the individual pieces she was presenting – almost all specially composed for her – seemed to fuse together as a single work. With pieces such as Fausto Romitelli’s Seascape, and her final improvisation, en masse, Lacey constructed a space in real-time and allowed the audience to drift within it, gently pulling the audience into its depths, guiding our attention to certain obsessively-worked sounds.
The festival closed with a Sunday morning improvised set from Lacey and Ambarchi. Their continuous, softly-spoken playing, moving within clearly defined harmonic limits, was transcendent. With each breath, a long, rich tone. With each tone, increasing affinity with the quality of the sounds. With this affinity, an uncoupling of the mind from the senses
Garrett Sholdice, Director Ergodos, Journal of Music 11 May 2011

Four Seasons Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
“This was a bravura performance from a consummate artist. Rapid runs and figurations were executed with thrilling agility and astonishing clarity of articulation. In slower movements, her elegant phrasing and finely graded dynamics created moments of hushed intensity.
Throughout, Lacey sustained splendid breath control and refined timbre, radiating burnished warmth on the lower-pitched instruments and gleaming purity from the higher-pitched ones. She tastefully ornamented her solo lines, and her fluttering trills realised the avian character of the first movement of Spring.”
Murray Black, The Australian May 19 2009

Genevieve Lacey is a recorder virtuoso, serial collaborator and artistic director. Her wide-ranging musical interests have seen her playing for the Queen in Westminster Abbey at a celebration for the Commonwealth, representing Australian culture with a performance at the Lindau International Convention of Nobel Laureates, playing as a concerto soloist in the BBC Proms, Albert Hall, performing in prisons in the Pilbara, on an oval on Thursday Island alongside indigenous colleagues, in a shearing shed in north-west Tasmania as part of a quartet of free improvisers with live electronics, and at the opening night of the London Jazz Festival alongside UK jazz luminary John Surman. 

Alongside her performance career, Genevieve has created a significant body of large-scale collaborative works. Credits include Pleasure Garden (Centre for the History of Emotions, Australia Council for the Arts 2015-), Acoustic Life of Sheds (Big hART, 10 Days on the Island 2015), Life in Music (ABC Radio National 2015), Conversations with Ghosts (Paul Kelly, James Ledger, Australian National Academy of Music 2012-13), Namatjira (Big hART, Belvoir St, 2010-), en masse (Melbourne and Adelaide Festivals, 2010-). Genevieve has also commissioned, premiered and recorded scores of new works, written especially for her. 

Genevieve has a substantial recording catalogue (ABC Classics) and a high-profile career as soloist with orchestras and ensembles around the world. Her latest recording on ABC Classics, Heard This and Thought of You, with James Crabb (Classical Accordion) was released in August 2015. Genevieve’s work has won her multiple awards including two ARIAs, a Helpmann award, Australia Council, Freedman and Churchill Fellowships and Outstanding Musician, Melbourne Prize for Music. She holds academic and performance degrees (including a doctorate) in music and English literature from universities in Melbourne, Switzerland and Denmark. 

In 2016 Genevieve continues her roles as professional mentor to the Australian National Academy of Music’s Fellowship program and as Artistic Director of Musica Viva’s Futuremakers program.  She also appears with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra , and The Australian Chamber Orchestra and West Australian Opera for The Riders  as well as in numerous performances with James Crabb. Previously she has been Artistic Director of the Four Winds Festival; curated and presented Words and Music for Wheeler Centre, Melbourne; curated the live music for the Art Music Awards for the Australian Music Centre and APRA since 2013 and in 2013, gave the 15th Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address.

Genevieve performs music spanning ten centuries, working in contexts as diverse as her medieval duo with Danish pipe and tabor player Poul Høxbro, guest appearances as soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and her role alongside indigenous colleagues in The Black Arm Band. Her long-term musical partners include the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Karin Schaupp, Poul Høxbro, James Crabb, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Flinders Quartet, Marshall McGuire, Neal Peres Da Costa and Daniel Yeadon, Elision Ensemble, and Jane Gower. She has also performed as soloist with Academy of Ancient Music, English Concert, Concerto Copenhagen, St Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Australian Youth, Melbourne, West Australian, Tasmanian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. 

Genevieve’s collaborators include Jim Atkins (sound designer), Sophie Raymond (animator/filmmaker), Scott Rankin (playwright/director), Ben Cobham and Andrew Livingstone (bluebottle design), Martel Ollerenshaw (producer), Marc Silver (filmmaker), Steven Richardson (producer), Heather Betts (artist), John Bolton (director/theatre maker), Pete Brundle (design), Oren Ambarchi (sound artist), Helen Herbertson (choreographer), in addition to composers Steve Adam, Damian Barbeler, Richard Barrett, Elena Kats-Chernin, Brett Dean, Taylor Deupree, Ross Edwards, Moritz Eggert, Lawrence English, Christian Fennesz, Andrew Ford, Ben Frost, Paul Grabowsky, Iain Grandage, Andrea Keller, James Ledger, Liza Lim, Nico Muhly, Tim O’Dwyer, dj olive, Maurizio Pisati, John Rodgers, Bob Scott, Peter Sculthorpe, John Surman, Hollis Taylor, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Max de Wardener, Lawrence Whiffin and Jason Yarde. 

Genevieve has performed at many of the world’s pre-eminent music and arts festivals including The Proms, Paris Festival d’Automne, Moscow Chekhov International Theatre Festival, London Jazz Festival, Klangboden Wien, Seoul International Music Festival, Copenhagen Summer, Sablé, Montalbane, MaerzMusik, Europäisches Musikfest, Mitte Europa, David Oistrakh Festival Estonia, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cheltenham, Huddersfield, Lichfield, Melbourne, Spitalfields, Sydney, Perth and Warwick Festivals. 

As a committed member of the Australian music community, Genevieve serves voluntarily on boards and advisory councils for the Australian Music Centre, Elision, Black Arm Band, Ngeringa Arts as well as judging panels for Ian Potter Arts Commissions, Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award, and City of Melbourne Arts Grants.

Genevieve Lacey is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
  February 2016
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