Born in London in 1994, 22 year old Mathilde Milwidsky has been described as 'an exceptional talent' by the legendary Maxim Vengerov, and was recently praised for her “surprisingly mature lyrical insight [and] compelling nuances and colours” (Bachtrack.com). She has performed as a soloist at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room and Three Choirs Festival 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, Musikdorf Ernen, Musique à Marsac, Peasmarsh, Kings Lynn, Lewes, Wye Valley and Roman River, collaborating with musicians such as Avi Avital, Huw Watkins, Christian Poltéra, Alasdair Beatson, Christoph Richter 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 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 Beethoven concerti in the UK, 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, concertos with the Orchestra of St John's at the Pitville Pump Room and Oxford's Ashmolean Museum and chamber music at Prussia Cove alongside Anthony Marwood.
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 will be starting her Masters degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München in October under Professor Mi-kyung Lee, 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, Miriam Fried and Igor Ozim. Mathilde has also received invaluable advice from members of the London Haydn Quartet, Alina Ibragimova and Tasmin Little.