“Love at first listen” is how Miloš describes the moment when, as a child in Montenegro, he first picked up the old guitar that was lying around his childhood home gathering dust. Montenegro in the early 1990s was not an obvious gateway to future classical success, hence his family were cautiously supportive when, aged 14, Miloš decided to go to a specialist music school rather than a grammar school. Leaving the Balkans and arriving in London to take up a coveted place at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music was, he says, “a bit like going to Mars. I was clueless.”
Fast forward to 2010, Miloš signed his first record deal with the classical label Deutsche Grammophon and before long, he was performing sell out concerts as a soloist with international orchestras and in recitals. He appeared in some of the most important concert halls and at major festivals around the world, while continuously topping music charts with his best-selling recordings. One of the highlights of that period was his solo guitar recital at the Royal Albert Hall to a full house, which was the first of its kind and much lauded by the critics.
Miloš’ early albums, ‘Mediterraneo’ and ‘Latino’, were hugely successful, while his 2014 recording of Rodrigo’s concertos with the London Philharmonic and Yannick Nezet-Seguin had the Sunday Times calling him “The King of Aranjuez”. His 2016 record, ‘Blackbird – The Beatles Album’, which included duets with Gregory Porter, Tori Amos, Steven Isserlis and Anoushka Shankar, was received with unanimous acclaim.
However, his career was almost dramatically cut short when, at his peak, he was struck down by a hand injury which left him unable to play. With a new record in development and a major international concert tour already booked for the 2017-18 season, Miloš was forced to pull out of multiple engagements, with no real sense of if or when he might recover. He recalls: “It was a really tough time. Being faced with the question, ‘what am I going to do if I can’t be a guitarist? It, was terrifying. Being a musician is all I ever knew.”
Thankfully in August 2018, fully recovered and mentally as well as physically stronger, Miloš made a triumphant return to the stage. In front of 6000 people at the BBC Proms, he performed the world premiere of Joby Talbot’s guitar concerto, ‘Ink Dark Moon’ written especially for him, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Committed to commissioning new repertoire for the guitar, Miloš joined the NAC Ottawa in May 2019 to perform the world premiere of ‘The Forest’ by Howard Shore. The concerto was recorded and will be released on Decca along with the Talbot Concerto in 2020.
Highlights of Miloš’ 19/20 season include performances of the Talbot concerto with the Atlanta Symphony and Borusan Orchestras, solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the Verbier and Rheingau Musik Festivals, as well as a major tour of the ‘Voice of the Guitar’ programme with the 12 Ensemble throughout the UK, USA and Asia.
In autumn 2019, he released his fifth album, entitled ‘Sound of Silence’: a musical treasure trove that includes brand new arrangements of classical repertoire, affectionate nods to the pop world, and collaborations with friends. “Sound of Silence is my reflection on that time. It’s a personal scrapbook of music that will always have a special meaning to me.”
Miloš records exclusively for Decca Classics/Universal Music. He performs on a 2007 Greg Smallman guitar.
Milos will be accompanied by a string quintet (musicians from‘12 ensemble’)