Genevieve Lacey joins the ASQ for its Margaret River Weekend of Music

Genevieve Lacey is a musician working in many contexts, with all kinds of people.

She creates large-scale collaborative works across radio, film, dance, theatre and public art, and has premiered scores of works, written for her. She’s a recorder virtuoso, artistic director, spokesperson and leader, with a significant recording catalogue and a career as an international artist.

Her recent works include one infinity (a music-dance piece for Melbourne, Sydney, Perth Festivals, created with Jun Tian Fang, Gideon Obarzanek, Max de Wardener, DanceNorth and Beijing Dance Theatre), Pleasure Garden (a kinetic sound sculpture for Sydney Festival, touring UK/Europe/Asia 2019-), Life in Music (a 5-part radio series for ABC RN, written, composed and narrated by Genevieve), and Namatjira (a theatre piece, and documentary film with arts and social change company Big hART). Genevieve has commissioned and premiered works for recorder by composers as diverse as Liza Lim, Elena Kats-Chernin, Brett Dean, Erkki-Sven Tuur (Estonia), Lou Bennett, Jan Bang (Norway), Christian Fennesz (Germany), Ben Frost (Iceland), Andrea Keller, Hollis Taylor, John Surman (UK) and Nico Muhly (USA).

Her wide-ranging musical interests have seen her representing Australian culture with a performance at the Lindau International Convention of Nobel Laureates, playing for the Queen in Westminster Abbey, playing on a basketball court on Thursday Island with The Black Arm Band, playing as a concerto soloist in Albert Hall for 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 long-term collaborators include filmmaker Sophie Raymond, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Danish musician Poul Høxbro, choreographer-director Gideon Obarzanek, and singer-songwriter Paul Kelly.

Genevieve’s work has won ARIAs, a Helpmann, Green Room, 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. She was the 2018 Artist in Residence at Melbourne Recital Centre, and 2019 recipient of the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award for an Individual.

Genevieve is Chair of the Australian Music Centre board, Artistic Director of FutureMakers, Musica Viva’s leadership program for early career artists, and Artistic Advisor to UKARIA.