Genevieve Lacey is a recorder virtuoso, serial collaborator and artistic director, with a significant recording catalogue and a career as an international soloist.
She’s commissioned and premiered works by composers as diverse as Erkki-Sven Tuur (Estonia), Elena Kats-Chernin (Australia), John Surman (UK), Peter Sculthorpe (Australia), Christian Fennesz (Austria), Ben Frost (Iceland), Paul Grabowsky (Australia) and Nico Muhly (USA). Genevieve also creates large-scale collaborative projects, recent examples including Pleasure Garden (an interactive sound sculpture), one-infinity (a music-dance piece with Jun Tian Fang, Beijing Dance Theatre, Dance North, composer Max de Wardener and choreographer-director Gideon Obarzanek, 2016-), Life in Music (a 5-part series, written, composed and narrated by Genevieve for ABC Radio National, 2015), Namatjira (a theatre piece, and now a feature documentary film, 2010-17).
Her wide-ranging musical interests have seen her playing for the Queen in Westminster Abbey, representing Australian culture with a performance at the Lindau International Convention of Nobel Laureates, playing as a concerto soloist in the BBC Proms, making music in a prison in remote Western Australia, and at the opening night of the London Jazz Festival. Her repertoire spans ten centuries and collaborators include filmmakers Sophie Raymond and Marc Silver, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Danish pipe and tabor player Poul Høxbro, playwright-director Scott Rankin, and iconic Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly. Genevieve has also performed as soloist with Academy of Ancient Music, English Concert, Concerto Copenhagen, Tapiola and Kymi Sinfonietta, St Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and all the major Australian Symphony Orchestras.
Genevieve has won two ARIAs (Australian Recording Industry Awards), a Helpmann Award, Australia Council, Freedman and Churchill Fellowships and Outstanding Musician, Melbourne Prize for Music. She holds degrees (including a doctorate) in music and English literature from universities in Melbourne, Switzerland and Denmark.
In 2018, Genevieve is Artist in Residence at Melbourne Recital Centre, she takes on a new role as Artistic Advisor to UKARIA, and continues as Chair of the Australian Music Centre board, and inaugural Artistic Director of FutureMakers, Musica Viva Australia’s artist leadership program.