Massimiliano Génot lives in Turin, where he obtained his piano diploma at the age of sixteen, with the highest possible grade at the “G. Verdi” Conservatoire. He also took a diploma in composition and he concluded his classical studies in Latin, Greek and Philosophy, again with maximum grades.
After being awarded the Diploma di Eccellenza upon completing a first specialisation course with Aldo Ciccolini at the Lorenzo Perosi Academy in Biella, he was admitted to the Conservatoire Supérieur in Geneva, where he continued his studies under Maria Tipo and gained the Premier Prix de Virtuosité avec Distinction. He completed his training at the Imola Academy, in particular with the piano courses of Lazar Berman and Piero Rattalino, with whom he also began researches into the historical development of piano technique. These studies led to the first ever recording of Carl Czerny’s School of Velocity op. 299 using the original metronome markings, paired with the Etudes op. 6 by Franz Liszt (Phoenix Classics). The CD was warmly received by the critics, winning several prizes and awards.
Génot has won many awards in Italian and international competitions, including the 1994 Ferruccio Busoni Competition in Bolzano, and he is engaged on a busy performing schedule in Italy and abroad. He has given concert performances at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Giovine Orchestra Genovese, Gasteig in München, the Settembre Musica Festival and the Teatro Regio in Turin, the Sagra musicale Malatestiana in Rimini, Mittelfest in Cividale del Friuli, the Teatro della Fenice in Venice, the Musikhalle in Hamburg, the Konzertsaal in Freiburg, the Chopin Museum in Warsaw and the Krakow Academy of Music, the Academy of Music in Montenegro, the Musashino Foundation in Tokio, the Bocconi University in Milan, Macerata University the Academy of France at the Villa Medici in Rome, the Oficina de Música de Curitiba in Brazil, the University of Coimbra, in Vietnam, Argentina, Ecuador, Israel, China etc. He has also played with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Italian State broadcaster RAI, the “Arturo Toscanini” Symphony Orchestra of Parma, the Orchestra of the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Festival of Bergamo and Brescia, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Symphonic Orchestra of Ecuador, Orchestra B. Bruni of Cuneo, with whom he performed, under the direction of Claudio Morbo, among other things, works as Liszt’ Totentanz and the Piano Concerto No 2, the Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, the Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5, the Chopin’s two piano concertos, the Rachmaninov’s Piano concerto No 2, etc.
Since 1995 Génot has been closely involved with the research work of pianist and restorer Flavio Ponzi into the modern performing potential of original instruments from the Romantic period. The two musicians played Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, using instruments which belonged to Rossini, and a programme of Romantic transcriptions at the Teatro dell’ Opera in Rome, on historic instruments by Erard and Pleyel.
Génot is also a composer in his own right: his works are published by Sconfinarte. in 1999 he performed his transcription of Das Rheingold at the Richard Wagner Association of Venice, which awarded him a study grant to enable him to attend the Bayreuth Festival. A CD came out, recorded in Bayreuth on the Wagner’s piano of Villa Wahnfried, with some unpublished transcriptions from Wagner and Verdi. In Bayreuth he has also recorded with the baritone Franz Mazura the Franz Liszt’s Melologues for the Wernersche Verlagsgesellschaft.
He is also active in the lieder and opera repertoire, accompanying the soprano Anja Kampe in a first world recording of the Lieder and the lyrics of Italian composer Leone Sinigaglia (1868-1944), and plays in a duo and in various chamber formations with his sister Alessandra, a violinist, with whom he has recorded recently the Works for violin and piano of Leone Sinigaglia for Brilliant Classics (released in November 2015). He writes for the musical magazine Musica.
He is also active as musical events organizer in Torino, where he is appreciated for the originality of his proposals. In the winter 2011-2012 he has directed the concert-cycle “Franz Liszt: a musician for Europe”, including Liszt’s opera omnia for organ, chamber music, piano repertoire, Lieders, Lectures and seminars; in 2013 he organised “Erard and the French Sound”; in 2015 with F.lli Bergamini Pianoforti, in the International Piano meeting “Pianofuturo”, he presented the last Steingraeber Grand-Piano with Sordino Pedal.
He teaches piano at the Turin “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatory of Music in Italy, and, for the Erasmus Program, he was Visiting Professor at Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Yldiz University of Istanbul, Poznan Music Academy and at Gdansk Academy.