Macedonian-born composer/violinist Mihailo Trandafilovski studied at Michigan State University, USA (BMus) and the Royal College of Music (MMus & DMus). He was awarded scholarships at both institutions, as well as a British Government Chevening scholarship; he has also received grants for his studies and research from the Open Society Institute, the Thornton Foundation and the Macedonian Ministries of Science and Culture, amongst others. Three of his pieces have been shortlisted by SPNM. Other prizes/awards include the United Music Publishers Prize for composition at the RCM and the Pance Pe_ev award for best new Macedonian piece at the contemporary music festival Days of Macedonian Music. Recent commissioners include violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved, the Kreutzer Quartet, Lontano and the Macedonian Composers Association. Amongst other recent performers are violinists Darragh Morgan, Mihkel Kerem and Oleg Kondratenko, pianists Anthony Hewitt and Jonathan Ayerst, RCM's Contemporary Consort and New Perspectives ensembles, RAM's Manson Ensemble, Composers Ensemble, Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble (Vienna), Diotima Quartet (Paris) and ensemble Alea (Macedonia).As a violinist, Mihailo has performed across Europe, the UK and America, and is a member of the Kreutzer Quartet. He is also actively involved in the field of pedagogy, teaching violin, theory and composition privately. A particular interest is the application of new music to pedagogy, for which work he was recently awarded his doctorate.
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