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Genevieve Lacey


Management: Worldwide

Website: www.genevievelacey.com

Recorder Queen 

It takes seconds, not minutes, for Recorder Queen to dispel the conventions that so often govern the biographical documentary. Beginning with an animated flourish, director Sophie Raymond doesn’t just tell the story of internationally acclaimed Australian recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, she captures the musician’s vivid mindset, complete with Lacey playing a version of herself in stylised scenes or amid fantastical imagery. Through live action and animated scenes, the half-hour work adds the otherworldly to autobiographical detail and literally positions the act of creativity as an inspiring force of magic. “Music can sometimes reach places where words cannot,” Lacey, who co-wrote the script with Raymond, notes in her narration, and Recorder Queen boldly reaches for that same space.

Craig Mathieson, The Age, 19 August 2020



Soliloquy is a celebration of the emotional power of music through musical monologue in Genevieve Lacey’s bewitching renditions of Georg Phillip Telemann’s Solo Fantasias.

Alex Raineri, Music Trust, April 28 2019


one infinity

Created in partnership with artists from both Australia and China, including virtuoso recorder player and composer Genevieve Lacey, one infinity does not merely present concepts of unity but multiplies, refracts and ritualises them until the very fabric of the performance is transformed. … one infinity’s score is an exploration of cultural distinctiveness. Performed by an on-stage ensemble of traditional Chinese instruments alongside Lacey on recorder, artfully blended with additional electronic elements, ancient references mingle with new, exotic combinations of sonorities, superimposing geography, history, tradition and invention in ever-shifting chimeric patterns. one infinity has a powerfully affirming political spirit as well: a deeply moving, reflective statement reaching far beyond xenophobia, revealing the borderless wonders that are possible through open-hearted, compassionate curiosity.

Maxim Boon, The Music, October 2018


Genevieve Lacey profile

The recorder is a modest instrument — just a simple pipe with a mouthpiece and fingerholes — and yet Genevieve Lacey can conjure whole worlds with it.

Matthew Westwood, The Australian, 2 September 2017

Genevieve Lacey creates and performs multi-artform works with found, devised and commissioned materials, combining her skills as performer, composer and curator.  She creates poetic, sensual worlds experienced in a huge variety of contexts: public art, installation, film, theatre, dance, radio, TV and the digital realm. 


Works include Pleasure Garden (kinetic sound installation experienced by 30,000+ people), Soliloquy (participatory music-dance ritual), Recorder Queen (semi-animated documentary film), and one infinity (participatory performance piece). Current collaborators include writer Alexis Wright, visual artist Amos Gebhardt, composer Erkki Veltheim and Antarctic scientist Steven Chown.


As a recorder virtuoso, Genevieve makes regular appearances as a soloist with Australian and international orchestras (Australian Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Tapiola Sinfonietta and Concerto Copenhagen, Melbourne, Tasmanian and Adelaide Symphony) and has performed at the Lindau International Convention of Nobel Laureates, for Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey, on a basketball court on Thursday Island with Australian indigenous ensemble The Black Arm Band, as a concerto soloist in the Royal Albert Hall for BBC Proms and at the opening night of the London Jazz Festival.


An advocate for her instrument as well as for contemporary composition, Genevieve has commissioned and premiered works by composers as wide-ranging as Australians Liza Lim, Elena Kats-Chernin, Brett Dean, Lou Bennett, Andrea Keller, Hollis Taylor, Paul Grabowsky, Ben Frost, as well as Erkki-Sven Tuur (Estonia), John Surman (UK), Max de Wardener (UK), Jan Bang (Norway), Christian Fennesz (Germany) and Nico Muhly (USA).


Genevieve is currently artistic director for Finding Our Voice and artistic advisor to UKARIA Cultural Centre. Her curatorial expertise has been sought out by Rising (2019-20), Adelaide Festival (2019), and Melbourne Recital Centre, where she was Artist in Residence (2018). With an extensive and ever-expanding discography, she has won Australian Recording Industry awards (ARIA), Helpmann and Green Room awards, Churchill, Freedman and Australia Council Fellowships, Melbourne Prize for Music and the Sidney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award.


Genevieve Lacey is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
 February 2021
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