I’m thrilled to be playing on a fantastic G. B Guadagnini violin for my next projects, kindly loaned to me by Irene R. Miller through the Beare’s International Violin Society.
Mathilde will commence recording her debut CD for Toccata Classics in April, alongside pianist Sam Haywood (http://samhaywood.com/)! The repertoire for the disc is the three sonatas for violin and piano by Agnes Zimmermann (1847-1925), which have never before been commercially recorded.
The CD launch will be at Kings Place as part of the Venus Unwrapped Series, on October 6th, 2019 https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/classical/mathilde-milwidsky-sam-haywood/
Mathilde has been selected to take part in both the Windsor Festival International String Competition and the 10th International Leopold Mozart Violin Competition!
Review from my recital in Emden, Niedersachsen, with pianist Thomas Hoppe:
"The fact that she did not make it to the final was too hard for the audience on Wednesday evening in Emden. The 23-year-old offered world-class music. Milwidsky showed a unique, rarely heard musical experience in the interplay with the pianist Thomas Hoppe. Already the beginning of the evening with Beethoven's "Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, op. 30 No. 1" made one sit up and listen as Milwidsky elicited emotional emotions between melancholy and whirling tempo.
The theme "Breath" by Rebecca Saunders, composed especially for the competition, was experimental music making and not necessarily for everyone. But what followed with the "Faust" theme by Henryk Wieniawski and Edward Grieg's "Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor" seemed barely capable of improvement. Nevertheless, Milwidsky and Hoppe succeeded in Maurice Ravel's "Tzigane". Has anyone ever heard of a better violinist in Emden? No. That was sensational. "
“Dass sie es nicht ins Finale geschafft hat, war für die Zuhörer am Mittwochabend in Emden zu schwer vorstellbar. Die 23-Jährige bot Musik auf Weltklasseniveau. Milwidsky zeigte im Zusammenspiel mit dem Pianisten Thomas Hoppe ein einmaliges, selten gehörtes musikalisches Erlebnis. Bereits der Beginn des Abends mit Beethovens „Sonate für Violine und Klavier A-Dur, op. 30 Nr. 1“ ließ aufhorchen, als Milwidsky ihrer Violine emotionale Gefühlswelten zwischen Melancholie und wirbelndem Tempo entlockte.
Das Thema „Hauch“ von Rebecca Saunders, eigens für den Wettbewerb komponiert, war experimentelles Musizieren und nicht unbedingt jedermanns Sache. Was aber dann mit dem „Faust“-Thema von Henryk Wieniawski und Edward Griegs „Violinensonate Nr. 3 in c-Moll“ folgte, schien kaum noch steigerungsfähig. Dennoch gelang es Milwidsky und Hoppe mit Maurice Ravels „Tzigane“. Hat man je eine bessere Violinistin in Emden gehört? Nein. Das war sensationell.”
Mathilde was reviewed by the Westmorland Gazette for her recent Mendelssohn D minor Concerto performance with the National Youth String Orchestra and conductor Damian Iorio.
"Mathilde Milwidsky is a beautifully sensitive player. She dealt with the solo part brilliantly; her dazzling technique and exquisite legato playing of the composer’s melodic lines made a deep impression."
On July 1, Mathilde won the inaugural Aurora Music Competition held in Mariestad, Sweden. She competed against pianists, violists and cellists to win the First Prize as well as the Audience Prize! The jury was chaired by violinist and director Gordan Nikolic.
Very excited to be invited to play as guest violinist with the wonderful Aronowitz Ensemble - http://www.aronowitzensemble.co.uk/ - in Leicester on March 22nd. Progframe includes Schubert B flat String Trio and Brahms A major Piano Quartet with Tom Poster (piano), Guy Johnston (cello) and Simone van der Giessen (viola)
Had a wonderful time playing on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune', presented by Katie Derham. Movements of Janacek and Strauss violin sonatas and chatting about my recital at SJSS on 7th Jan!
Review from my performance at the Young Artist Showcase at St John's Smith Square, September 17th, 2017 -
"...bringing perfect intonation and some beautiful shaping and colouring...comprehensively nailing each new stylistic and emotional universe as she went."
I recently performed Schubert's Rondo in A major for Violin and Strings at Festival Musikdorf Ernen (Switzerland) with the Festival Orchestra, and was thrilled to see a great review on Bachtrack. See the link below
On July 5th I graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London! I was so happy to also be awarded the prestigious Regency Award for notable achievement, the Louise Child Memorial Prize for highest BMus Graduand, the Marjorie Heyward Fund for highest Violin Graduate and the John Mundy Gift.
Pictured below with my professor throughout my four years at RAM - the wonderful Gyorgy Pauk.
I was honoured to be asked to perform Arvo Pärt's 'Fratres' at St John's Smith Square on 01.07.17, with the composer himself in the audience!
Mathilde has received a generous scholarship from the Countess of Munster Trust that will go towards funding her postgraduate studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with Professor Mi-kyung Lee.
Mathilde has become an SJSS Young Artist. This scheme includes three self-curated recitals at St John's Smith Square
Mathilde is the winner of the String Section Final of the 65th Annual Royal Overseas League Music Competition.
Past winners include Jacqueline du Pre, Anthony Marwood and Tamsin Waley-Cohen.
She will go on to compete against the other category final winners for the Gold Medal at Cadogan Hall on June 7th.
Mathilde has won a semi-final audition for YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust)
Mathilde has been selected to take part in the semi-finals of the Royal Overseas League String Competition, held at the end of February.
Mathilde was interviewed on the One Show on 6/04/16 alongside the two other British competitors in the Menuhin Competition! Interview at 26.43.