Violinist Joana Genova, Artist Associate at Williams College and Co-Artistic director of newly founded Taconic Music, Inc. 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, made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra and is a prizewinner of the National Competition in Bulgaria. Ms. Genova received her Bachelor of Music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and her Master’s degree in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in The Netherlands. 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 Orchestra and former concertmaster of the Manchester Festival Orchestra and a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. From 2001 until 2016 she was on the faculty of the Manchester Music Festival (MMF) and the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy in Vermont and served as Education Director of the MMF from 2011 to 2016, organizing numerous outreach programs and family concerts. She has taught at Smith College and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Ms. Genova is member of the Williams Chamber Players and Taconic Chamber Players, and is frequent guest at various festivals and concert series. She has concertized extensively on the East Coast as well as Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona. Her collaborations include performances with the Shanghai String Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo Robinson trio, Trio Solisti, members of the Lark Quartet, Toby Appel, Andres Cardenes, Nathaniel Rosen, Danwen Jiang, Renee Jolles, Michael Rudiakov, Yehuda Hanani, Tom Landschoot, Sophie Shao, Ruth Laredo, Davide Cabassi, David Deveau, Michael Brown, Adam Neiman and David Krakauer among others. Ms. Genova has performed as soloist with Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan, Rockaway and Danbury Symphonies, Berkshire Symphony, Yonkers Philharmonic and Manchester Festival Orchestra.
Joana resides in Manchester, VT with her husband Ariel Rudiakov and their two children, Michael and Liliana.