Born in London in 1994, 23 year old Mathilde Milwidsky was recently praised by The Strad for her "perfect intonation and beautiful shaping and colouring..comprehensively nailing each new stylistic and emotional universe as she went." She has performed as a soloist at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, Cadogan Hall and the Royal Albert Hall as well as across Europe in Finland, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Greece, Spain, Ireland and Sweden. She is regularly invited to festivals such as Prussia Cove, East Neuk, Fraenkische Musiktage, Musikdorf Ernen, Musique à Marsac, Peasmarsh, Kings Lynn and Roman River, collaborating with musicians such as Anthony Marwood, Avi Avital, Huw Watkins, Christian Poltéra, Hariolf Schlichtig, Alasdair Beatson and Ksenija Sidorova, as well as woodwind principals of the Philharmonia and die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. She has been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, Radio Swiss Classic, Classic FM and appeared live on the BBC One Show.
Mathilde recently won the string section of the 2017 Royal Overseas League Music Competition and was awarded a place on the St John's Smith Square Young Artist Scheme for the 2017/18 season. She won the 2011 Madeira International Violin Competition and was a finalist in Orchid Classics' Young British Soloist Competition (2015), RAM's prestigious 'Patron's Award' (2015) and the Karl Jenkins Classic FM Music Competition (2017). She has been awarded scholarships from the Hattori Foundation, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Philharmonia Orchestra's Martin Musical Scholarship, the Drake Calleja Foundation, the Tillett Trust and the Sir John Cass Foundation. In 2016 Mathilde was one of 20 selected from 300 to participate in the international Menuhin Competition.
Recent performance highlights include Arvo Pärt's Fratres with the composer himself present at St John's Smith Square, Schubert's Rondo in A Major for Violin and Strings at Festival Musikdorf Ernen broadcast live on Radio Swiss Classic, a recital with Huw Watkins in Belfast and Dvorak and Mendelssohn concerti in London. Upcoming performances include several recitals at St John's Smith Square as part of Mathilde's place on the Young Artist Scheme, including a world premiere of a commission by Sally Beamish, concerto performances at Kings Place, the Lake District International Summer Music Festival, the Pitville Pump Room and Oxford's Ashmolean Museum and chamber music alongside artists such as Tom Poster, Elena Urioste and the Heath Quartet.
Mathilde's studies began at the Royal College of Music Junior Department where she was a Tsukanov Scholar taught by Viktoria Grigoreva and David Takeno. Mathilde subsequently studied at the Royal Academy of Music as a full scholarship student under György Pauk, graduating in July 2017 with First Class Honours and the Regency Award for notable achievement, the Louise Child Memorial Prize for highest-achieving graduate and the Marjorie Heyward Fund for the highest violin mark of the year. She is currently studying under Professor Mi-kyung Lee at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, funded by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Additional inspiration has come from masterclases with violinists such as Leonidas Kavakos, Maxim Vengerov, Mihaela Martin, Pierre Amoyal, Gerhard Schulz, Miriam Fried and Igor Ozim. Mathilde has also received invaluable advice from members of the London Haydn Quartet and Alina Ibragimova.