Genevieve Lacey is a recorder virtuoso, serial collaborator and artistic director. Her life as a performing musician has taken her into many domains, from playing for the Queen in Westminster Abbey at a celebration for the Commonwealth, to representing Australian culture with a performance at the Lindau International Convention of Nobel Laureates, to playing as a concerto soloist in the BBC Proms, Albert Hall, to performances in prisons in the Pilbara, on an oval on Thursday Island alongside indigenous friends and colleagues, to a shearing shed in north-west Tasmania as part of a quartet of free improvisers with live electronics, or at the opening night of the London Jazz Festival alongside English 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’s work has won 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 became inaugural Artistic Director for FutureMakers, Musica Viva Australia’s artist development program. She also 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 Music for Wheeler Centre, Melbourne. Between 2008-12, Genevieve was the Artistic Director of Four Winds Festival.