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Harriet Mackenzie – Violin

“Searing intensity….A performance full of panache…. captivating” – The Strad

Harriet has toured Europe, America and Japan as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Harriet gave her highly acclaimed Purcell Room recital debut as part of the Park Lane Young Artists Series. Since then she has given recitals in such prestigious venues as the Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouwe and the Beers Van Berlage Hall in Amsterdam, the Marble Hall in Budapest, Leeds International Concert Series, the Lysenko Hall of Marble Columns in Kyiv, the Expo Dome in Japan – which was broadcast on Japanese National television. Harriet premiered Robert Fokkens violin concerto, written and dedicated to her, at the South Bank. She has broadcast recitals ‘live’ for BBC Radio 3, Radio London, Classic FM and for Hungarian National Radio. Harriet regularly gives concerto performances in the UK and abroad.

Harriet studied at the Royal Academy of Music graduating with first class honours, MMus and her Dip RAM – the highest award for graduates. Harriet has been given scholarships for her studies by the Royal Academy, the Musicians Benevolent Fund, Tillett Trust, the Martin Trust and the Hattori Foundation and is a recipient of the Manoug Parikian Award, the Winifred Disney Prize and the Elsie Owen Award.

Harriet enjoys working with composers and has collaborated with John McCabe, Jim Aitchison, Anthony Payne, David Matthews, Robert Fokkens, Mauricio Kagel, Gyorgy Kurtag, Paul Pellay, Dmitri Smirnov, Paul Patterson, Ben Ellin and Ben Oliver.

Harriet is a keen chamber music player, as well as performing with Milos in ‘In Accord’, Harriet has collaborated with the Carducci Quartet and the Florestan Trio as well as having a busy performing schedule in a duo with guitarist Morgan Szymanski and in violin duo ‘Retorica’ with fellow violinist Philippa Mo. Her group Kosmos is highly acclaimed, performing all over Europe – “Impeccable musicianship.. I defy you not to be mesmerised” – Richard Morrison, chief music critic of The Times. Kosmos perform their own compositions, arrangements and improvisations inspired by Gypsy, Jewish, Arabic, Balkan, Jazz, Tango and contemporary music.

Future highlights for Harriet include a tour of China with Retorica, the release of Retorica’s debut CD of British works for two violins, the debut recording of John McCabe’s two violin concerto, Concertos are being written and dedicated to Harriet by Deborah Pritchard and Graham Coatman, Retorica will also be the group in residency at the Presteigne Festival 2012 and will be performing Paul Patterson’s double violin concerto as well as having a new piece written and dedicated to them by Cecilia McDowell. Having won the prestigious Enterprise Music Scotland Award with pianist Christina Lawrie, Harriet and Christina will be touring Scotland and will be having a piece written for them by a Scottish composer of their choice, the release of Kosmos’s second album, sponsorship from Japanese designer Hiroko Koshino, chamber music collaborations with viola player Sarah Jane Bradley and contemporary vocal ensemble ‘juice’.

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