Guitarist Miloš Karadaglić (1983) is one of the world’s most exciting classical guitarists.
“I want to wake the guitar up from this hibernation, and show what I can do and what my instrument can do.” said Karadaglić – also known just by his mononym MILOŠ – after the release of his first album. He is helped in fulfilling his dream by both his personality and talent, because as reported by The Independent, “no other guitarist can match his graceful blend of personal charisma and technical finesse.”
Music critics have added that, unlike violinists, pianists or singers who can enter a well-structured musical environment with a stable audience at the beginning of their career, this is not the case with guitarists. Classical guitar is still considered to be somewhat of an outsider among professional musicians.
MILOŠ’ experience confirms this: when he started music school at the age of eight in Podgorica, the capital of his native Montenegro, there was no classical guitar teacher to teach him the instrument he so wanted to learn – in the end, he was taught guitar by the trumpet teacher.
Despite this, MILOŠ’ development was dizzying. At the age of nine he was already performing in concerts, and two years later he won his first state contest. As a talented singer, he became a TV and radio star in Montenegro. In 1996, the thirteen-year-old MILOŠ travelled abroad for the first time to perform in Paris. There, he bought his first real guitar – a José Ramírez – with his parents’ savings.
An encounter with British guitarist David Russell convinced the sixteen-year-old MILOŠ to apply to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Receiving a scholarship, MILOŠ began studying with Michael Lewin, and he is still grateful to his professor for all he learned during his studies. MILOŠ now lives in London.
“The classical guitar needs a renaissance. There isn’t a more accessible or beautiful instrument, and I want to bring it to a new generation of listeners,” says MILOŠ. He is an ambassador of London’s Wigmore Hall and the Live Music Now foundation, as well as Patron of Awards for Young Musicians. He uses any opportunity he can to popularise classical music, frequently takes part in radio and TV broadcasts, and is a mentor for the nationwide talent competition Guitar Star on Sky Arts. In 2018, publisher Schott Music published the first of four educational books Play Guitar with MILOŠ.
He has performed in many of the world’s major concert halls and festivals, collaborating with world-class orchestras and conductors. He was the first classical guitarist to ever give a solo concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The guardian wrote: “More extraordinary by far, however, was the way a single guitarist… could shrink the Hall’s cavernous space into something so close.”
In August 2018, MILOŠ premiered Joby Talbot’s guitar concerto Ink Dark Moon at the Royal Albert Hall alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra. MILOŠ enjoys promoting the creation of new music; in May 2019 he will premiere Canadian composer Howard Shore’s guitar concerto with the National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa and young British conductor Alexander Shelley.
BBC Music Magazine included MILOŠ in its list of the six best 20th century guitarists. And it stated that it was his albums released with Deutsche Grammophon which turned him into a hero of classical guitar playing. They received critical acclaim worldwide, and his first, an album of Joaquín Rodrigo’s music with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, even prompted critics to describe him using such phrases as “The King of Aranjuez”.
MILOŠ plays a 2007 instrument by Australian guitar maker Greg Smallman.