BIOGRAPHY

Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, violinist Geneva Lewis has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. Geneva has been the recipient of a number of awards, most recently the Grand Prize at the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. She also received First Prize at the 2018/19 NEC Concerto Competition with Bartok’s second violin concerto, as well as being named a Finalist at the 2018 Naumburg Competition. Additionally, she has garnered first-prize wins at competitions including YoungArts, the Music Center Spotlight Awards, ENKOR, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, St. Paul’s String Quartet Competition, and the M-Prize, among others. As a soloist, she has performed with the Pasadena Symphony, Pasadena Pops, NEC Philharmonia, Symphony NH, Diablo Symphony Orchestra, Culver City Symphony, Sierra Summer Festival Orchestra, Brentwood Westwood Symphony Orchestra, and Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra. 

 

As the violinist of the Callisto Trio, Geneva is an Artist in Residence at the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles.  Callisto was the recipient of the Bronze Medal in the senior division at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, as the youngest group to ever compete in the finals. In the fall of 2019, they were invited on the Masters on Tour series of the International Holland Music Sessions, during which they performed at such locations as the Philharmonic Bratislava and the Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam.  

 

Geneva is deeply passionate about collaboration, and has performed with such prominent musicians as Atar Arad, Efe Baltacigil, Glenn Dicterow, Miriam Fried, Ilya Kaler, Michael Kannen, Kim Kashkashian, Ida Kavafian, Marcy Rosen,  Mitsuko Uchida, and the Borromeo Quartet, among others.

 

An advocate of community engagement and music education, Geneva was selected for the New England Conservatory’s Community Performances and Partnerships Program’s Ensemble Fellowship, where her string quartet created interactive and educational programs for a variety of audiences within the community. Her quartet was also chosen for the Virginia Arts Festival Residency, where they presented and performed in elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as leading a masterclass at the Governor’s School for the Arts. 

 

​ Geneva is currently in the Artist Diploma program as the recipient of the Charlotte F. Rabb Presidential Scholarship at the New England Conservatory, where she also earned her BM, studying with Miriam Fried. She has spent past summers at such programs as the Ravinia Steans Institute for Piano and Strings, the Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Workshop, the International Holland Music Sessions, the Taos School of Music and the Heifetz International Music Institute. Last summer, she attended the Marlboro Music Festival and will be returning in 2021.

 

 

 Geneva is performing on a violin by Zosimo Bergonzi of Cremona, c. 1770 courtesy of Guarneri Hall NFP and Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins, Chicago. 

Photography by Donald van Hasselt