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Joël Geniet was born in December 2002 in Montpellier. He is a 1st prize winner of the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition Belgrade 2022, the Vatelot-Rampal Competition 2018 and FLAME Competition 2016.

He is currently completing his bachelor’s degree in the class of Antonio Meneses at the Hochschule der Künste Bern. Previously, he studied at the Conservatoire of Montpellier in the class of Cyrille Tricoire where he was awarded the Diplomas in Music Theory, Cello and Chamber Music with highest marks and honours. He received guidance from Frans Helmerson, Philippe Muller, Marc Coppey, Claudio Bohórquez, Clemens Hagen and Xavier Gagnepain, in academies such as the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Lac Léman Music Masterclasses, Tibor Varga Music Academy, Cello Akademie Rutesheim, Saline Royale Academy, Verão Clássico, Prades International Music Academy, and MusicAlp.

At the age of 11, Joël performed in concert with his brother Rémi Geniet and the following year he performed as a soloist with orchestra. Then he was invited to a radio broadcast of the Radio France Festival and participated in concerts with the Opéra Orchestre National de Montpellier in the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Recently he performed as a soloist with the Radio Television of Serbia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Bojan Suđić, and he is invited to perform in December 2022 at Prague’s Smetana Hall with the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

Joël was Supported in 2018 by the Talents et violoncelles Foundation. He now plays a cello made by Ersen Aycan, instrument maker in Freiburg.

PROGRAM:

Online Round
Piatti Caprice Op. 25 No. 6
Bach Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor BWV 1011
Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major Hob. VIIb/2
Schumann Fantasiestücke Op. 73 (any two pieces)
Debussy Cello Sonata in D minor L. 135
Kodály Sonata in B minor for Solo Cello Op. 8 (1st movement)

Semifinal
Enescu Cello Sonata No. 2 in C major Op. 26
Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D minor Op. 40
Popper Elfentanz Op. 39

Final
Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante in E minor Op. 125