Mathilde Milwidsky was born in London in 1994. Described as 'an exceptional talent' by the legendary Maxim Vengerov, she 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. Her studies began at the Royal College of Music Junior Department where she was a Tsukanov Scholar and was taught by Viktoria Grigoreva and then Professor David Takeno. During her time there she won the Ian Stoutzker Violin Prize and the Hugh Bean Violin Competition, and, upon leaving, the Esther Coleman Prize for outstanding contributions to the RCM. Mathilde was subsequently awarded full scholarships to all of the London conservatoires and a place to read Music at Cambridge University (Trinity College). She chose to study at the Royal Academy of Music under Professor György Pauk, where she is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student and holds the Albert and Eugenie Frost Music Trust Scholarship. A leader of the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists, she has also been concertmaster of the Symphony and String Orchestras and won the Academy’s John Waterhouse Violin Prize and James Wright Award.
Solo performance highlights include Mozart Concerto No. 5 at St John's Smith Square, Mendelssohn Concerto at King's Lynn Festival with the Orchestra of St John's, recitals at the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room, Three Choirs Festival and the State Rooms at the House of Commons as well as across Europe in Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Portugal. She has been featured live on BBC Radio 3 as part of the 2015 BBC Proms Composer Portrait Series, performing solo and chamber works by Hugh Wood, and has also been broadcast solo on BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and appeared live on the BBC One Show.
Mathilde was crowned winner of the 2017 Royal Overseas League String Competition and will compete for the Gold Medal at Cadogan Hall in June. Other successes include First Prize at the 2011 Madeira International Violin Competition held at the Escola das Artes in Funchal, awards 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 twenty selected from three hundred to participate in the international Menuhin Competition and in 2015 she was a finalist in the Royal Academy's prestigious 'Patron's Award' and Orchid Classics' Young British Soloist Competition, held at the Wigmore Hall.
Mathilde is regularly invited to festivals across Europe such as Cheltenham, Prussia Cove OCM, East Neuk, Musique à Marsac, Musikdorf Ernen, Peasmarsh, Roman River, Wye Valley and Lewes, collaborating with eminent musicians such as Avi Avital, Huw Watkins, Tom Poster, Christoph Richter, Ksenija Sidorova, Alec Frank-Gemmill, Alasdair Beatson, members of the Florestan Trio and Gringolts Quartets, as well as woodwind principals of the Philharmonia and die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. She led the Celan Quartet from 2011-2014 and has guested with the London Bridge Trio.
Additional inspiration has come from invitations to the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, the International Holland Music Sessions, the London Master Classes, IMUSE Enghien and Aurora Festival Masterclasses, studying with renowned professors and soloists such as Leonidas Kavakos, Maxim Vengerov, Pierre Amoyal, Mihaela Martin, Miriam Fried, Igor Ozim, Mi-kyung Lee and Gerhard Schulz. Mathilde has also received invaluable advice and mentorship from members of the London Haydn Quartet, Anthony Marwood, Tasmin Little and Alina Ibragimova.