Miloš Karadaglić - Biography
One of the hottest properties in classical music, MILOŠ came to international attention in 2011 with his debut album The Guitar (Mediterráneo) which, in the space of just a few months, topped classical charts around the world, became an internationally best-selling sensation and earned Miloš Gramophone’s prestigious Young Artist of the Year Award.
Miloš Karadaglić released his second album Latino (Pasión) in 2012 and went on to receive both Classic Brit (UK) and Echo Klassik (Germany) awards. Reviewing the album, Gramophone commented “Karadaglić is a guitarist of superior musical and technical gifts who allows his personality to sing through the music with taste and intelligence” and The Daily Telegraph added “this new Latin American programme is outstanding in its finesse, warm sensuality and sheer beauty.” Latino proved so successful that it was subsequently re-released as Latino GOLD featuring 30 minutes of newly recorded tracks from a wealth of Latin American inspired music. Meanwhile MILOŠ: HEARTSTRINGS, a documentary filmed throughout 2012 and which charts the guitarist’s story to date, has been released on DVD and aired on numerous TV stations.
His much anticipated third album, Aranjuez, will be released on Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics on 17 February 2014 and includes Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasía para un Gentilhombre, recorded with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
2012-13 was the breakthrough year on the concert stage for Miloš with sold-out debut performances and tours around the word. “Part of the reason Karadaglić has such a large following” commented the Western Australian “is his ability to straddle both hardcore classical and pop classical camps.” This was echoed by the London press following his celebrated Royal Albert Hall debut of which The Guardian commented “More extraordinary by far, however, was the way a single guitarist, playing an intimate and understated set, and equipped with a single microphone and some clever lighting, could shrink the Hall's cavernous space into something so close.” The Independent concluded: “Defying its many critics to offer a dramatic and rounded evening of classical music, the guitar itself was the breakout star here – a sleight of hand that makes Karadaglić not only a magician, but a serious and accomplished musician”.
Miloš’ passion for the guitar is matched with an intuitive sense of how to bring the instrument across to his public – whether it be for an audience of 3000 in the Royal Albert Hall or an intimate chamber music performance for 100 people. He enjoys performing in the major concert halls as much as in non-traditional venues such as New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, London’s Camden Roundhouse (iTunes Festival) and Deutsche Grammophon’s Yellow Lounge club nights in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Madrid, New York and Seoul.
The 2013-14 season promises to take Miloš to new heights, with extensive tours throughout Europe, America and the Middle East, both in recital and concerto performances. He will appear with the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival, Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, as well as appearances at prestigious festivals such as Cheltenham (UK), Gstaad (Switzerland), Nits di Clàssica (Spain) and Rheingau (Germany).
Born in Montenegro in 1983, Miloš Karadaglić first started playing the guitar at the age of 8. When he was 17 he successfully applied for a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music and moved to London where he continues to live while keeping close ties with his family and homeland. Miloš is a passionate supporter of music education and acts as a Patron of the Mayor of London Fund for Young Musicians and the charity Awards for Young Musicians. He uses D'Addario J 46 strings and plays a 2007 Greg Smallman guitar, kindly lent to him by Paul and Jenny Gillham.