Joana Genova, violin
Joana Genova is co-founder and Artistic Director of Taconic Music, Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin and Director of Chamber Music Initiatives at University of Indianapolis and second violinist of The Indianapolis Quartet. Ms. Genova 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 Bulgaria’s National Competition. She earned her Bachelor of Music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and her Master’s in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. Her former teachers include Peter Brunt, Ilya Grubert and 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 United States, maintaining an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher and soloist. She was Artist Associate at Williams College, and a faculty member of the Manchester Music Festival (MMF), Michael Rudiakov Music Academy, Smith College and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. From 2011 to 2016 Ms. Genova served as MMF's Education Director, organizing outreach programs and family concerts. Orchestral positions include principal second violin of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Manchester Festival Orchestra, member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and others. Ms. Genova has been guest soloist with Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, Metropolitan, Rockaway, Danbury and Berkshire Symphonies, Manchester Festival Orchestra and Yonkers Philharmonic. Collaborations include performances with the Shanghai Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Horszowski Trio, members of the Lark Quartet, Toby Appel, Andrés Cárdenes, Nathaniel Rosen, Michael Haber, Danwen Jiang, Austin Hartman, Renee Jolles, Michael Rudiakov, Yehuda Hanani, Tom Landschoot, Sophie Shao, Jon Klibonoff, Ruth Laredo, Davide Cabassi, David Deveau, Michael Brown, Todd Palmer and David Krakauer, among others.
Ms. Genova performs with Taconic and Williams Chamber Players and is a frequent guest at festivals and concert series on the East Coast, Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona. She is on the summer faculty of Taconic Music’s Chamber Music Intensive and the InterHarmony Music Festival in Italy.
Ms. Genova divides her time between Indianapolis, Vermont, and New York City with her husband, violist Ariel Rudiakov, and their two children.
Ariel Rudiakov, viola and conductor
Violist and conductor Ariel Rudiakov is co-founder and Artistic Director of Taconic Music in Manchester, Vermont, Music Director and conductor of the Danbury (Ct.) Symphony Orchestra, and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Indianapolis, conducting the chamber orchestra and coaching chamber music. Born in Indianapolis and raised in Riverdale, NYC, Mr. Rudiakov comes from a musical family going back three generations. He received his early musical training from his parents, Michael and Judith, before attending pre-college at Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Rudiakov holds viola performance degrees from SUNY Purchase (BM) and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (MM), and was a scholarship student at Yale University’s master’s program, where he studied viola with Jessie Levine and chamber music with members of the Tokyo String Quartet.
Mr. Rudiakov enjoys a diverse musical life, performing solo and chamber music to critical acclaim throughout the U.S. and abroad, with many fine musicians including the Shanghai and Jupiter Quartets, current and former members of the Tokyo, Juilliard and Guarneri quartets, pianists Ruth Laredo, David Deveau, Michael Brown, Andre Michel Schub, and Vassily Primakov, among many others. Former member of the New York Piano Quartet and Equinox String Quartet, founding member and president of SONYC (String Orchestra of New York City), Mr. Rudiakov was Artistic Director of the Manchester Music Festival (Vt.) from 2000 to 2016. Among his recordings are the complete string quartets by Camille Saint-Saëns and the piano quintet by Vittorio Giannini (MSR Classics), which Fanfare magazine described as “utterly superb”. Composers Richard Lane, Philip Lasser and Coleridge Taylor Perkinson have dedicated works to Mr. Rudiakov, who is active in commissioning and recording new music. At the podium, he has collaborated with violinist Jaime Laredo, cellists Sharon Robinson and Bernard Greenhouse, pianists David Deveau, Christopher O’Reilly, and others. Resident and guest conducting positions have included the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony, Bergen and Yonkers Philharmonics, Antara Ensemble, Manchester Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, Sage City Symphony and recording sessions with Dance Theater of Harlem for their World Premiere production of Alexander Glazunov’s ballet Raymonda.
Mr. Rudiakov plays a viola made by Geoffrey Ovington in 2000.