Macedonian-born composer, violinist and educator Mihailo Trandafilovski’s latest album for Métier (2018) follows portrait CDs on Innova Recordings (2015) and LORELT (2011), featuring close collaborators Peter Sheppard Skærved, Neil Heyde, Roger Heaton, Roderick Chadwick, Odaline de la Martinez, Lontano, Kreutzer Quartet and the New London Chamber Choir. These enduring creative relationships have been at the centre of his work as a composer and have allowed him to explore and stretch instrumental techniques in idiomatic and often uncompromising ways.
His music has also been released on Clarinet Classics, SOCOM/Macedonian Radio-Television, Avalon Production (Macedonia) and Alliance of MSU Composers (USA). Recent performers include pianists Aaron Shorr, Ana Gaceva and Hajdi Elzeser, violinists Darragh Morgan and Mihkel Kerem, cellists Sophie Harris and Yoni Gotlibovich, clarinettist Linda Merrick, as well as leading contemporary music groups Pierrot Lunaire and Reconsil ensembles (Austria), Ensemble Horizonte (Germany), Quatuor Diotima (France), Meitar Ensemble (Israel), Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Russia), mmm… (Japan), ConTempora (Macedonia) and the European Contemporary Composers Orchestra. His pieces have been performed and broadcast throughout Europe, America and Asia.
Mihailo studied at Michigan State University (BMus) and the Royal College of Music in London (MMus, DMus). His studies and research have been supported by the Open Society Institute, the Macedonian Ministries of Science and Culture and the British Government (with a Chevening scholarship); other awards include the United Music Publishers Prize for composition at the RCM and the Panče Pešev Award for best new work at the contemporary music festival Days of Macedonian Music.
He is a violinist in the Kreutzer Quartet, with whom he has performed and recorded extensively and held residencies at Tate St Ives, University of York and Goldsmiths College, among others; he has an avid interest in the application of new music to pedagogy, for which he was awarded his doctorate; and has led a number of shared projects among the arts promoting contemporary artistic creativity to a wider audience.