Kosmos Ensemble is re-defining the relationship between classical and world music. Their programme is informed by the music of Greece, the Roma people, Klezmer and Sephardic traditions as well as tango and the music of Japan. Each member of Kosmos is a renowned international soloist in their own right and brings an individual flavour to the group. Join them on their musical odyssey.
Harriet Mackenzie – violin
Harriet is an internationally renowned concerto soloist and has performed across five continents. Recordings include concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Nova and the English Symphony Orchestra which have received international acclaim, including a five star review in The Times (Richard Morrison), Editor's Choice in Gramophone Magazine (Richard Whitehouse) and a nomination for Recording of The Year. Richard Hanlon writes in Music Web International: "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’s utterly magisterial performance".
Miloš Milivojević – accordion
Serbian born accordionist Miloš is a first prize winner at International Competitions in Germany, France, Italy and Denmark. In Serbia he studied with Vojin Vasovic. In London with Owen Murray at the Royal Academy of Music where was awarded a Dip RAM, the highest award for graduates. In 2007 he became the first accordionist ever to win the RAM Club Prize at the Academy and in the 2008 was the winner of the prestigious Derek Butler London Prize at the Wigmore Hall. In 2014 he was awarded Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his services to music. “A hurricane of imaginative invention.” Hilary Finch, The Times
Meg-Rosaleen Hamilton – viola
Millennium Award winning, classically trained violist and violinist, with music degrees from Edinburgh University and Trinity College of Music, Meg has developed a varied career in classical and traditional music. Kosmos bridges several musical genres for Meg including classical, jazz, and music from around the world.
Music in Greece
Greece bridges the West and the Orient and its music spans millennia of history. Greek traditional music has origins traced to Greek antiquity, both in its folk and Byzantine origin manifestations. There is a huge variety of Greek music. Every island and region has its own specific style, tradition, instrumentation and folk songs.
More correctly known as the Roma people, they are believed originally to have come from Rajasthan in India, and travelled to many corners of the world including Spain where they are famous for flamenco, France where they are associated with manouche (gypsy- jazz), and in the Balkans and Russia, where they are also known and celebrated for their musical talents.
Music of Jewish Origin
The Jewish diaspora has resulted in a huge wealth of Jewish music. There are two main strands of traditional Jewish music in Europe and the Balkans, namely Sephardic and Klezmer, and both are of interest to Kosmos.
A sensuous and rhythmic dance music from Argentina, tango has come to epitomise the glamour and elegance of high society. However, it originated in Argentine society's underbelly.
Music in Japan
As well as adopting western classical music, and enjoying a thriving popular music culture, Japans boasts a rich tapestry of traditional genres and distinct styles from traditional Buddhist chanting (shōmyō) and orchestral court music (gagaku) to Enka, a vocal genre popular in the 1950s (derived from music of the late 19th century) evoking romanticised and idealised Japanese culture. Kosmos explores the sound world of Japanese instruments and nature.
Running Time 90mins including interval
Telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship.
Richard Morrison, The Times