Joana A. Genova

Joana A. Genova
Artist Associate in Violin
Bernhard Music Center


Violinist Joana Genova, Artist Associate at Williams College and Resident Artist and Education Director of the Manchester Music Festival 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, concertmaster of the Manchester Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. She on the faculty of the Manchester Music Festival and the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy in Vermont and has taught at Smith College and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Ms. Genova is active as chamber musician for the Manchester Music Festival and the Williams Chamber Players and frequent guest at other festivals and concert series. Her collaborations include performances with the Shanghai String Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo Robinson trio, Andres Cardenes, Nathaniel Rosen, Renee Jolles, Michael Rudiakov,Yehuda Hanani, Trio Solisti, Tobby Appel, Sophie Shao, 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.