Made up of Harriet Mackenzie (violin), Meg Hamilton (viola) and Milos Milivojević (accordion), Kosmos Ensemble are known for playing sophisticated jazz that glides magically into wild Gypsy fiddling, emotive Jewish music into hot-blooded tango, Arabic and Turkish improvisation into Greek melodies; making extensive use of their own arrangements, alongside vibrant new compositions, entrancing dance rhythms and soulful improvisation, their music is delivered with passion, panache and virtuoso technique. Kosmos Ensemble collaborated with folk duo Marit and Rona during a week-long residency at Lyth in August 2014.
Harriet graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with First Class honours, M.Mus, and a DipRAM . She has received numerous awards: the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, the Tillett Trust, the Hattori Foundation and is a recipient of the Manoug Parikian Award. Her career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician has taken her on tours of Europe, America, China, South America and Japan. She made her highly acclaimed Purcell room debut as part of the Park Lane Young Artists Series and her career has continued to flourish with recitals including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw and the Expo Dome in Japan. She premiered Robert Fokkens violin concerto, written and dedicated to her, at the South Bank Centre, London. She has broadcast recitals ‘live’ for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and for Hungarian National Radio. She is a founder member of the innovative, unique string trio Kosmos (www.kosmosensemble.com) and Retorica Duo (www.retorica.co.uk). Harriet is passionate about Western Classical music, but also loves exploring other complex music from around the world. She enjoys the freedom of improvising and composing and the challenge and creativity of the group Kosmos. Kosmos allows her to use her classical technique with the colour, vibrancy and complexity of other world music traditions, breaking down perceived boundaries in a highly creative way.
Having begun to learn the viola as a child via the Suzuki method, Meg came to be a music scholar at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, a music student at Edinburgh University and Trinity College of Music, and then a freelance orchestral player. As well as being a cofounder of Kosmos, Meg is an intergal member of the highly-acclaimed She’koyokh (a London-based klemzer and Balkan band); whilst this group has showcased Meg throughout UK and Europe at stages such as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Aldeburgh’s Snape proms, and Glastonbury festival.
Kosmos bridges the western and non-western music worlds for Meg, while providing opportunities for viola playing, daring creativity, group composing, cross-genre arranging, and in particular freedom either to use or abandon rules and labels.
Serbian born accordionist Miloš is a first prizewinner at International Competitions in Germany, France, Italy and Denmark. After completing his studies in Kragujevac Music School with Vojin Vasovic, in 2002 he moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Owen Murray. In July 2007 he became the first accordionist ever to win the RAM Club Prize at the Royal Academy of Music; he obtained the Postgraduate Diploma in July 2009 and was awarded with Dip RAM.
Miloš has performed in venues in the UK such as the Wigmore Hall, St John Smith Square, Holywell Music Room, National Portrait Gallery Colston Hall Bristol, Keble College Oxford, and has performed at the Foundation Day awards ceremony in front of HRH The Princess Royal. Internationally, he has performed in Russia, Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Iceland, Serbia and Montenegro, Spain and Canary Islands, Malta as well as Australia and New Zealand. He has also given live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, ABC and Serbian National Radio and television network.
Miloš is also a keen chamber musician. As well as playing with Kosmos, he is a member of the London Tango quintet, AccordDuo and In Accord.