Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Geneva Lewis
BBT Award 2022

Geneva Lewis - Biography

New Zealand-born Geneva Lewis grew up in California and made her solo debut at age 11 with the Pasadena POPS. She studied at the New England Conservatory with Miriam Fried and currently studies under Professor Mihaela Martin at the Kronberg Academy.

As well as her BBT Award, she received a 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant, was Grand Prize winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the winner of the Kronberg Academy’s Prince of Hesse Prize (2021), and was also Musical America’s New Artist of the Month (June 2021), a Performance Today Young Artist in Residence and a YCAT Concordia Artist. She is a BBC New Generation Artist from 2022 to 2024.

Widely praised for the purity and honesty of her playing, she has performed with orchestras across the world including recent and forthcoming appearances with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Sarasota Orchestra and North Carolina, Augusta, Kansas City, Austin and Arkansas Symphonies.

In recital, recent and upcoming highlights include performances at Wigmore Hall, Tippet Rise, Emory University, Purdue Convocations, Kravis Center, and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts. She collaborates with the likes of Jonathan Biss, Glenn Dicterow, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, Gidon Kremer, Marcy Rosen, Sir András Schiff, and Mitsuko Uchida. She is also a founding member of the Callisto Trio, Artist-in-Residence at the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles and, as an advocate of community engagement and music education, she was selected for the New England Conservatory’s Community Performances and Partnerships Program’s Ensemble Fellowship, through which her string quartet created interactive educational programs for audiences throughout Boston.

She currently performs on a composite violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, c. 1766, generously on loan from a Charitable Trust.

She participated in BBT’s 20th-anniversary celebrations at London’s Wigmore Hall, June 23.

It’s such an incredible privilege to be supported in imagining and creating meaningful projects, and I’m honored to be a part of this family. Music is such an essential part of human connection, and the work that BBT does to assist its artists is invaluable.

Geneva Lewis

Photographs by Simon Weir; Motti Fang-Bentov