Joana Genova, violin
Joana Genova is Assistant Professor of Violin and Director of Chamber Music Initiatives at University of Indianapolis, Artist Associate at Williams College and Artistic Director of Taconic Music in Manchester, VT. Ms. Genova began playing violin at the age of six in her native Bulgaria, made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra, and is a prizewinner of Bulgaria’s National Competition. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and Master’s in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. Her former teachers include Boyanka Shopova, Alexander Spirov,Peter Brunt, Ilya Grubert and Samuel Thaviu. In Holland, Ms. Genova was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
Since 2000, Ms. Genova has lived in the United States, maintaining an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher and soloist. She has taught at the Manchester Music Festival, Michael Rudiakov Music Academy, Smith College, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Kinhaven Young Artist Seminar, InterHarmony International Music Festival and Music&More SummerFest. Orchestral positions include principal second violin of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Manchester Festival Orchestra, member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and others. Ms. Genova has been guest soloist with Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, Metropolitan, Rockaway, Danbury and Berkshire Symphonies, Manchester Festival Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic and most recently with the University of Indianapolis Gala Orchestra under the baton of Raymond Leppard. Collaborations include performances with the Shanghai Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Horszowski Trio, Enso Quartet, members of the Lark Quartet, Toby Appel, Atar Arad, Andrés Cárdenes, Carmit Zori, Nathaniel Rosen, Michael Haber, Eric Kim, Danwen Jiang, Austin Hartman, Renee Jolles, Michael Rudiakov, Yehuda Hanani, Tom Landschoot, Sophie Shao, Jon Klibonoff, Drew Petersen, Ran Dank, Soyeon Kate Lee, Ruth Laredo, Davide Cabassi, David Deveau, Michael Brown, Todd Palmer and David Krakauer, among others.
Ms. Genova performs as second violinist of The Indianapolis Quartet, Taconic and Williams Chamber Players and has professional engagements at festivals and concert series on the East Coast, the Midwest, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona, as well as internationally in Bulgaria, Holland, Germany, Italy and Bosnia-Herzegovina.