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. 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 2015, Genevieve assumes the post as inaugural Artistic Director of FutureMakers, Musica Viva’s artist development program, designing and directing a holistic professional development program for Australia’s leading young artists. She continues her role as professional mentor to Fellows awarded a place in the Australian National Academy of Music’s Fellowship program. In 2014 she curated and presented Words and Musicfor Wheeler Centre, Melbourne. Between 2008-2012, Genevieve was the Artistic Director of Four Winds Festival, and directed the Melbourne Autumn Music Festival from 2000-2003. She has curated the live music for the Art Music Awards for the Australian Music Centre and APRA since 2013. In 2013, she gave the 15th Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address, Australia’s only public lecture on music, broadcast and televised nationally.
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 has served 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.