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Harriet Mackenzie

 Harriet Mackenzie
Harriet Mackenzie

CDs by Harriet Mackenzie
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Christopher Gunning
Violin Concerto | Cello Concerto | Birdflight

Harriet Mackenzie is an internationally renowned concerto soloist and has performed across five continents. As well as performing the standard repertoire, Harriet is an ambassador for contemporary music and is aware that she is creating a legacy with new works. She has performed many world premieres with music specifically written for her, including Robert Fokkens’ violin concerto (premiered Southbank Centre, London) and Graham Coatman’s violin concerto, (premiered Swaledale Festival) and Deborah Prichard’s ‘Wall of Water’ violin concerto with the English Symphony Orchestra, inspired by the paintings of Maggi Hambling (premiered LSO St Luke’s, recorded and released on the Nimbus label). She has performed recitals in prestigious halls such as the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Kyiv Hall of Marble Columns. In 2015, she was honoured to perform Janacek’s ‘The Fiddler’s Child’ for the 80th birthday celebrations of conductor Diego Masson. A multi-faceted virtuoso, she is also fascinated by world music styles and composes and improvises in many different styles.

In addition to her solo work she is a lover of chamber music and is a founder member of the innovative trio Kosmos Ensemble, violin duo Retorica, Karolos Ensemble and also performs with pianists Christopher Glynn, Danny Driver and guitarist Morgan Szymanski. Her recordings have received international acclaim, including ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone magazine, cited for Harriet’s "superbly responsive playing … faultless technique and unfailing insight” for her debut recording with Retorica. Her recording of the ‘Wall of Water’ violin concerto was chosen by Guy Rickards as one of his top three recordings of 2015 in Gramophone magazine. She has recorded on the NMC, Discovery, Nimbus and Dutton labels and live broadcasts include BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and Hungarian National Radio. Harriet graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with First Class honours, M.Mus and DipRAM. In 2015, she was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM). Also in 2015, she was awarded the Richard Carne Fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music.