Mihailo Trandafilovski-the composer’s hand

Posted on September 2nd, 2011 by

Mihailo Trandafilovski-Quintet Sketch Summer 2011

Mihailo Trandafilovski-work in progress
I am fascinated by mark making. As an artist myself, my approach to the violin, to articulation, to colour, has and is profoundly affected by marks on paper and canvas, be they scores, drawings, letters or painting. I believe that so much can be inferred about a composer’s intentions, ideas, and psyche from the way they work, physically, with pencil, pen, paper and eraser. This was reawakened yesterday when Mihailo sent me two pages from the quintet which he is writing for the virtuoso clarinetist, Roger Heaton. I don’t want to suggest anything, but present one of them, alongside his music-see for yourself!

Mihailo Trandafilovski-Duo 1. (Live Performance) 2009

Aaron Shorr-Piano, Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin

1st Pharos Contemporary Music Festival, Nikosia, Cyprus (The Shoe Factory)

Mihailo Trandafilovski-Duo 2. (Live Performance) 2009

Roderick Chadwick-Piano, Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin

Wiltons Music Hall

Recording courtesy of Colin Still (Optic Nerve)

Mihailo in action at South London Gallery March 2010

Trandafilovski-Star Factory

Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde)

22-4-2010 Michael Tippett Centre, Bath.

This extraordinary piece was written for the project ‘South London Walks’ which Mihailo curated at the South London Gallery in 2010. He has been very open about the benefits of composing from ‘within the ensemble’-as a composer who plays as part of an established quartet, he is joining a small, but elite group- Josef Suk, Paul Hindemith, Mozart, Haydn, Dittersdorf, Vanhal, Mayseder…



Mihailo Trandafilovski rehearsing Rochberg 3rd Quartet. Wilton's Music Hall 6th July 2010