Harriet Mackenzie - Violin
“Searing Intensity... A performance full of panache.... captivating” - The Strad
Harriet Mackenzie is an internationally renowned concerto soloist and has performed across five continents. Her recordings include concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Nova and the English Symphony Orchestra and these have received international acclaim, including Five Stars in The Times (Richard Morrison); ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone Magazine, cited for Harriet’s “superbly responsive playing … faultless technique and unfailing insight” and a nomination for 'Recording of The Year' in Music Web International 2017: "There is a completeness, a confidence, an honesty and a consistent lyrical beauty that has moved me again and again. These qualities all emerge in Harriet Mackenzie’s utterly magisterial performance.....Performances and recording are first-class throughout. Harriet Mackenzie’s commitment to these composers and these works is obvious, her performances are riveting." - Richard Hanlon. She has recorded on the NMC, Discovery, Naxos, Nimbus and Dutton labels. Live broadcasts include BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Radio London and Hungarian National Radio. As well as performing all the standard repertoire, Harriet is an ambassador for contemporary music and is aware that she is creating a legacy with new works. Composers who have written and dedicated concertos to her include Deborah Prtichard, Robert Fokkens, Christopher Gunning, Errollyn Wallen and Julian Joseph. She has performed concertos and recitals in prestigious halls such as the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Budapest Marble Hall, Purcell Room, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall and Kyiv Hall of Marble Columns. She has performed as a soloist with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, 12 Ensemble, Bath Philharmonia, Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Piccadilly Sinfonietta, Skallsjo Sommarorkester.
A performance of Piazzolla/Desyanikov's 'Four Seasons of Buenos Aires' which she also directed in Auditorio Nacional Madrid with the London-Vienna Kammerorchester has lead to many more performances and to the formation of her own chamber orchestra the 'Celoniatus Ensemble', which she directs and is named after her 1730 Italian violin.
In addition to her solo work she is a lover of chamber music and is a founder member of Karolos Ensemble, Kosmos Ensemble and also performs with pianists Peter Donohoe, Danny Driver and guitarist Morgan Szymanski.
Harriet graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with First Class honours, M.Mus and DipRAM. In 2015, she was awarded the Richard Carne Fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and in the same year she was honoured by being made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) for her distinguished contribution to music. In 2022 she was Artist in Residence at the Salisbury International Festival.