Violinist Joana Genova, Artist Associate in Violin at Williams College, has an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher and soloist. She began playing violin at the age of six in her native Bulgaria and made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra. She is a prizewinner of the National Competition in Bulgaria and has appeared as soloist with the Plovdiv Symphony Orchestra and Shumen Philharmonic. Ms. Genova received her Bachelor of Music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and her Master’s degree in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Her teachers included Peter Brunt, Ilya Grubert and Prof. 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 US where she is the principal second violin of the Berkshire Symphony, concertmaster of the Manchester Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. She is on the summer faculty at the Manchester Music Festival and teaches violin at the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy in Vermont. Ms. Genova is active as chamber musician for the Manchester Music Festival and the Williams Chamber Players. Her collaborations include performances with the Shanghai String Quartet, Andres Cardenes, Nathaniel Rosen, Michael Rudiakov,Yehuda Hanani, Ruth Laredo, Davide Cabassi, David Deveau, Adam Neiman and David Krakauer among others. Ms. Genova has performed as soloist with Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan, Rockaway and Danbury Symphonies, Berkshire Symphony and Manchester Festival Orchestra.
She resides with her husband, violist Ariel Rudiakov, and their two children in Manchester, VT.