“Searing intensity...... A performance full of panache..... captivating”The Strad
Harriet has toured Europe, America and Japan as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Harriet made her highly acclaimed Purcell room debut as part of the Park Lane Young Artists Series. Since then she has given recitals worldwide in prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw and Beers van Berlage Hall in Amsterdam, the Lysenko Hall of Marble Columns in Kyiv, the Marble Hall in Budapest and the Expo Dome in Japan. She premiered Robert Fokkens violin concerto, written and dedicated to her, at the Southbank Centre, London and in 2012 gave the premiere of Graham Coatman's violin concerto at the Swaledale Festival, which was also written and dedicated to her. Harriet regularly performs concertos both in England and abroad. She has broadcast recitals 'live' for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and for Hungarian National Radio.
Harriet studied at the Royal Academy of Music graduating with first class honours, MMus and Dip RAM – the highest award for graduates. She is a recipient of awards from the Tillett Trust, The Manoug Parikian Award, Hattori Foundation.
As well as with Retorica, she performs with a variaty of musicans: guitarist Morgan Szymanski, pianist Anna Tilbrook, Danny Driver and Christopher Glynn, in the 'Sutherland Duo' with Christina Lawrie (winners of the Enterprise Music Scotland Awards 2012), and 'In Accord' with accordionist Milos Milivojevic. Harriet is also a founder member of the unique group Kosmos performing their own compositions, arrangements and improvising (www.kosmosensemble.com)
In 2014 Harriet will be recording a CD with pianist Christina Lawrie with Prokofiev Sonata n.1 and Tchaikovsky pieces made with the support of Creative Scotland.
Harriet Mackenzie reviewed
“vibrantly intense yet hypnotic playing.”
The Strad – Edward Bhesania
“My puny brain still reels from trying to absorb this action-packed concert, part of the Fresh Young Musicians series. It began as a violin and piano recital, expanded into the weird, wacky, theatrical world of Mauricio Kagel, and ended with 18 people crammed on the platform to premiere a new concerto by the young South African Robert Fokkens. You can attend whole seasons by some famous orchestras and not get this much novelty.
At the centre of this merry-go-round was the violinist Harriet Mackenzie, not long graduated from the Royal Academy of Music (and borrowing an RAM Strad for the occasion), but already a formidably well-organised talent. Every piece was contemporary apart from the first, and even that was unknown — Arnold Bax’s unpublished 1928 Violin Sonata, plucked from a manuscript in the British Library... It was all impeccably prepared. I’d like to hear it all again.”
The Times Review – Richard Morisson, Purcell Room
“The outstanding violinist Harriet Mackenzie and fine pianist Christopher Glynn showed what real performance is all about, not just accuracy and technical command, but imaginative daring”
Country Life – Anthony Payne
“..electrified the Purcell Room ... a gust of fresh air guaranteed to drive away the post-Christmas blues... violinist Harriet Mackenzie lived up to expectations and more with her sturdy vibrant tone and gift for communicating the most diverse of pieces. She opened with Adam Gorb's virtuosic solo work and played its heart rendering melodies and angular, percussive rhythms with searing intensity. .... a performance full of panache....captivating, ”
The Strad – Catherine Nelson
“A knock-out from start to finish.”