Harriet Mackenzie - Violin
"searing intensity.... a performance full of panache... captivating" - The Strad
Harriet Mackenzie is an internationally renowned concerto soloist and recitalist, and has performed across five continents. A multi-faceted virtuoso, she performs music from Baroque to the 21st century, the strictly Classical to Gypsy, Klezmer, Argentinian, Balkan and Japanese music. She is at home improvising in these diverse styles and also enjoys arranging and composing.
Harriet has taken part in many world premieres playing music specifically written for her as a soloist, including Robert Fokkens’ violin concerto (premiered at the Southbank Centre, London) and Graham Coatman’s ‘Bakalo Drom’ violin concerto, (premiered at the Swaledale Festival) and Deborah Prichard's 'Wall of Water' violin concerto, inspired by the paintings of Maggi Hambling (premiered at LSO St Luke's and recorded on the Nimbus label).
In addition to her solo work she is a lover of chamber music and is a founder member of the innovative trio Kosmos, violin duo Retorica and the Karolos Ensemble. She also performs with pianists Anna Tilbrook, Christpher Glynn, Danny Driver, guitarists Morgan Szymanski, Carlos Bonell and Classical accordionist Milos Milivojevic. She has recorded solo and chamber music albums to critical acclaim on the NMC, Dutton Label, Nimbus label and has broadcast ‘live’ for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Radio London and Hungarian National Radio.
Harret graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with First Class honours, M.Mus and DipRAM. In 2015, Harriet was awarded the title Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for her services to music. Also, in 2015, Harriet was also honoured to be awarded the Richard Carne Fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Future highlights include a disk with four solo violin works with the ESO conducted by Kenneth Woods to be released on the Nimbus label, a recording of Christopher Gunning's violin concerto with the RPO on the Discovery Label; a recording soon to be released featuring the solo violin and string trio works of Stephen Dodgson with the Karolos Ensemble; another CD with pianist Christina Lawrie of Grieg and Prokofiev Sonatas; the third album by Kosmos; concerto and chamber music performances in China, South Korea, Italy, Sweden, Channel Islands, Scotland, Wales, Poland, Germany, Spain and Japan.