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Genevieve Lacey

Random Audio Sample: Stay : small jazz ensemble by Andrea Keller, from the CD Three Lanes

Artist website: http://genevievelacey.com

Genevieve Lacey is a recorder virtuoso who performs music spanning ten centuries. She works in contexts as diverse as her medieval duo with Danish pipe and tabor player Poul Høxbro, guest appearances with the Black Arm Band, who present music of the Australian indigenous experience, and her role in Barrie Kosky's production of Liza Lim's opera 'The Navigator'.

Her new work en masse, created with London filmmaker Marc Silver, has been commissioned and premiered by the Adelaide Festival 2010, and will go on to tour Australia and abroad. Genevieve has recently been commissioned by Scott Rankin and Big hART to create the music for 'Namatjira', a co-production with Company B Belvoir. As artistic director, Genevieve will direct the 2010 and 2012 Four Winds Festivals.

Genevieve is passionate about contemporary music and she has collaborated with, commissioned, premiered and recorded music by a host of composers from across the world, including: Steve Adam, Damian Barbeler, Richard Barrett, Elena Kats-Chernin, David Chisholm, Brett Dean, Chris Dench, 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, dj olive, Maurizio Pisati, John Rodgers, Bob Scott, Peter Sculthorpe, John Surman, 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, Klangboden Wien, 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 concerto soloist, Genevieve has appeared with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, English Concert, St Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Melbourne, West Australian, Tasmanian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. She has a substantial recording history with ABC Classics, and her newest album, weaver of fictions, was released in 2008.

An active member of the Australian arts community, Genevieve sits on the Astra, Elision and Australian Music Centre boards. She had a three-year position as artistic director of the Melbourne Autumn Music Festival and has been a member of the Musica Viva Artistic Review Panel as well as judging panels for the Ian Potter Music Commissions and Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award. Genevieve is a guest curator for the 3MBS FM inaugural Musical Portraits live-to-air concert series in 2009.

Genevieve holds academic and performance degrees (including a doctorate) in music and English literature from the University of Melbourne (Australia), the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland) and the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music (Denmark). She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne and in 2009 was artist in residence at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her work has won her multiple awards including an ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Award, Best Classical Recording), Freedman Fellowship, Churchill Fellowship, Best Performance (Australian Classical Music Awards) and Outstanding Musician (Melbourne Prize for Music).

Articles by and about Genevieve Lacey

31 Jul 2007 Performance Practice in New Music by Genevieve Lacey

The idea of ‘performance practice’ means wildly different things to different people. I frequently play music from centuries past, where long-dead composers are scant help with interpretative questions...

16 Nov 2007 Composer Notes - November 2007 by Australian Music Centre

Kaidan, a work by Ian Cleworth, Timothy Constable, Riley Lee, and members of TaikOz was awarded Best New Composition at the 2007 Limelight awards on 14th November...

29 Aug 2008 Genevieve and Ganassi by Morwenna Collett

Morwenna Collett caught up with Genevieve Lacey in July, while the recorder virtuoso was in Brisbane for Liza Lim’s opera The Navigator. The opera was performed by the ELISION ensemble under the direction of Barrie Kosky, as part of the Brisbane Festival.

19 Dec 2007 Recorder Gets A Workout by Melissa Lesnie

Do people still cling to the limited perception of the recorder as infantile and defunct? Or have they moved past its longstanding reputation as amplified ammunition for toddler tantrums or as a relic of chillout music for Henry VIII? Australia’s concertgoers have much to assure them of the instrument’s vitality in early music and contemporary composition alike...

4 May 2011 Winners of the inaugural Art Music Awards announced by Australian Music Centre

Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre (AMC) have announced the winners of the inaugural Art Music Awards, the only national event in Australia to acknowledge the enormous achievement and creative successes of Australian performers and composers in the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music.

The gala event held at the Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay on Tuesday 3rd May 2011 honoured winners across nine national categories and seven State Awards, spanning performance, composition, outstanding contributions to Australian music by individuals and organisations, music education and regional music. An additional Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music, as determined by the Board of Directors of APRA and the AMC, was also presented.

1 Oct 2013 Genevieve Lacey to present the 2013 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address by Australian Music Centre

The New Music Network's annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address 2013 will be presented by the recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey on 25 November (in Sydney) and 27 November (in Melbourne).

29 Nov 2013 Genevieve Lacey's Peggy Glanville-Hicks address now online by Australian Music Centre

Recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey's Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address, presented in Sydney and Melbourne on 25 and 27 November, is now available online in its entirety on the New Music Network website. In her speech, entitled 'Learning to Listen', Lacey paid tribute to Peggy Glanville-Hicks, whose centenary was celebrated on 29 December 2012.

'She's an inspiring role model for me, a woman born a couple of generations later, still grappling with similar questions: in essence, how to mold a life around a love for music...

18 Aug 2016 2016 Art Music Awards - Genevieve Lacey's speech by Australian Music Centre and Genevieve Lacey

'We in this room have the collective capacity to imagine identity: Australian music and musicians have a huge part to play in shaping who we are as a nation.' Read in full the speech given by the Chair of the AMC Board, Genevieve Lacey, at the Art Music Awards ceremony in Melbourne on Tuesday 16 August 2016.

World premieres given by Genevieve Lacey

Translations : for recorder, erhu and string quartet by Stuart Greenbaum— 20 Mar 18 (The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre)

The Nightingale and the rose : chamber ensemble by Paul Grabowsky— 31 Aug 14 (Montsalvat Barn Gallery, VIC)

Perception : for treble recorder by Andrea Keller— 25 Nov 13 (Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address, Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music)

Conversations with Ghosts (unspecified voice with chamber ensemble) by James Ledger and Paul Kelly— 10 Oct 12 (The Capitol Theatre, NSW)

A song for Neilma : for tenor recorder and string quartet by Peter Sculthorpe— 4 Apr 10 (Four Winds Festival, Four Winds Amphitheatre, Bermagui)

New tricks for old dogs : recorder(s), viol de gamba, harpsichord by James Ledger— 14 Sep 08

Bagpipe music : for recorders and harp by Andrew Ford— 23 Sep 07 (Utzon Room Series, Sydney Opera House)

Long forgetting : for tenor Ganassi recorder by Liza Lim— 4 Feb 07 (50th birthday party of Daryl Buckley, Brisbane)

Weaver-of-fictions : for alto Ganassi recorder by Liza Lim— 4 Feb 07 (Daryl Buckley's 50th birthday party, Brisbane.)

Fiesta (quartets: clarinet, recorder, bassoon, keyboard) by Lawrence Whiffin— 31 Oct 04 (North Melbourne Town Hall)

Ta ch'u (26) - ta chuang (34) (solo other woodwind) by David Young— Jul 95 (Acacia, Melbourne)

Analysis & Media

- Video: Conversations with Ghosts

Photo of Genevieve Lacey