Born in London in 1994, 24 year old violinist Mathilde Milwidsky has been praised by The Strad (Oct 2017) 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 in the UK such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, 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. Recent live broadcasts include BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’, BBC Radio 4, Radio Swiss Classic, Classic FM and the BBC One Show. Mathilde’s debut CD for Toccata Classics, comprising the three sonatas for violin and piano by Agnes Zimmermann (never previously commercially recorded), will be launched at Kings Place in October as part of the Venus Unwrapped Series alongside pianist Sam Haywood.
She is regularly invited to festivals such as Prussia Cove, East Neuk, Fraenkische Musiktage, Musikdorf Ernen, Musique à Marsac, Lichfield, Presteigne, Peasmarsh, Aurora, Kings Lynn, Plush and Roman River, collaborating with musicians such as Anthony Marwood, Thomas Hoppe, Avi Avital, Huw Watkins, Christian Poltéra, Hariolf Schlichtig, Christoph Richter and Ksenija Sidorova, as well as woodwind principals of the Philharmonia and die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Additionally, Mathilde has performed as guest violinist with the Aronowitz Ensemble (Leicester International Festival) and with the London Bridge Trio.
Mathilde recently won First Prize and Audience Prize at the inaugural Aurora Music Competition (July 2018) as part of Sweden's Aurora Festival and has also won the String Section of the 2017 Royal Overseas League Music Competition (UK). She was awarded a place on the St John's Smith Square Young Artist Scheme for the 2017/18 season, for which she gave the world premiere of a piece written for her by the acclaimed composer Sally Beamish. Most recently Mathilde was a semi-finalist laureate of the 2018 International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition Hanover. She has also won the 2011 Madeira International Violin Competition and was a finalist in Orchid Classics' Young British Soloist Competition (2015), Royal Academy of Music's prestigious 'Patron's Award' (2015) and the Karl Jenkins Classic FM Music Competition (2017).
She is very grateful for scholarships awarded by 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.
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, generously funded by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
Additional inspiration has come from masterclases with violinists such as Leonidas Kavakos, Maxim Vengerov, Mihaela Martin, Gerhard Schulz, Miriam Fried and Igor Ozim at festivals such as IMS Prussia Cove, Salzburg Mozarteum Sommerakademie, International Holland Music Sessions and the Lac Leman Masterclasses. Mathilde also receives invaluable mentorship and advice from Pierre Amoyal, members of the London Haydn Quartet and Alina Ibragimova.