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Concert Pianist Génia: “These days, I take full advantage of what the MU has to offer”

Russian-born concert pianist Génia describes why being a member of the MU has benefitted her, from legal and career advice through to insurance and training.

Published: 22 April 2021 | 3:54 PM Updated: 30 April 2021 | 5:21 PM
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“I use all my online and offline performing and teaching activities, which, considering that I often mix yoga with music, is not straightforward.”

I think the MU is a great organisation, and I am delighted to be a part of it. When I was just starting my career, I greatly benefitted from their legal advice on performing and setting up my teaching practice.

These days, I take full advantage of what the MU has to offer. I enjoy attending seminars given by great professionals. I also use MU insurance to cover my studio equipment, as well as all my online and offline performing and teaching activities, which, considering that I often mix yoga with music, is not straightforward.

I feel comfortable knowing that I am always supported by the MU and they are just one phone call away.

More about Génia

Described by The Times as “an outstanding musician”, Russian-born concert pianist Génia has enjoyed success with her compositions alongside numerous London shows (Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Southbank, Kings Place), while her music has enjoyed placements in the TV Series’ Killing Eve and Cold Feet.

Recently she has moved away from the classical concert platform into the world of pop music, collaborating with an eclectic range of artists and producers.

Following her passion for yoga, she also trained as a qualified yoga teacher, developing her Piano-Yoga method for musicians.

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