Accolades for our Founding Artist at Washington debut


“Lukas Geniusas placed second at the Chopin International Competition in 2010, and again at the Tchaikovsky in 2015. Whatever the value of those judgments, Geniusas (the name is pronounced with a hard G, ‘GEN-yu-shas’) made a spectacular Washington debut Sunday at the Phillips Collection.

“The young Russian blew past the first benchmark to meet, technical prowess, with an explosive rendition of Bartok’s ‘Three Burlesques.’ His ‘Quarrel’ movement was vituperative, but the other two movements were more than virtuosic, the ‘Slightly Tipsy’ movement drenched in swirling color and the ‘Capriccioso’ lost in a daydream.