Macedonian-born composer, violinist and educator, Mihailo Trandafilovski studied at Michigan State University (B.Mus.) and the Royal College of Music in London (M.Mus., D.Mus.). 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); among other awards are 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.
Mihailo’s first portrait CD, with chamber music performed by the Kreutzer Quartet and Lontano (conductor Odaline de la Martinez), was released by LORELT in 2011. His music has also been released by Clarinet Classics (Magnets, Lava, Crystals, with Roger Heaton and the Kreutzer Quartet) and SOCOM/Macedonian Radio-Television (performers Peter Sheppard Skærved and Aaron Shorr, Ana Gaceva, Quatuor Diotima, Trio Ardenza, and chamber orchestra Arcata Stuttgart). Some of his electronic works have been published by Avalon Production (Macedonia) and Alliance of MSU Composers (USA). Most recently, his album FIVE was released in 2015 by Innova Recordings. A new portrait CD is planned for release by Métier Records in 2017.
Recent commissions have come from the Macedonian Composers’ Association, clarinettists Roger Heaton and Linda Merrick, violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved, cellist Sophie Harris and the New London Chamber Choir. Other performers include leading contemporary-music groups Pierrot Lunaire and Reconsil ensembles (Austria), Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Russia), mmm… (Japan), ConTempora (Macedonia) and the European Contemporary Composers’ Orchestra.
Mihailo is a violinist in the Kreutzer Quartet, with whom he has performed and recorded extensively, and has an avid interest in the application of new music to pedagogy, for which he was awarded his doctorate. He was the music director of FuseArts and has led a number of shared projects among the arts, both in the UK and internationally, promoting contemporary artistic creativity to a wider audience.