“The audience burst into spontaneous and repeated applause after the first movement, which the soloist had crowned with a brilliantly played cadenza….And where could you hear a larghetto played as divinely beautifully as by Milwidsky?” – Süddeutsche Zeitung, Oct 2019 (Beethoven Violin Concerto)
Born in London in 1994, violinist Mathilde Milwidsky has been praised by The Strad (2017) for her “perfect intonation and beautiful shaping and colouring, comprehensively nailing each new stylistic and emotional universe as she went” as well as by the Ostfriesen Zeitung (2018) – “Milwidsky showed in the interplay with the pianist Thomas Hoppe a unique, rarely heard musical experience… that was sensational.”
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.
She has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, BBC Radio 4, Radio Swiss Classic, Yle Radio Suomi (Finnish National Radio) and Hessischer Rundfunk.
Mathilde’s debut CD for Toccata Classics with pianist Sam Haywood, comprising the world premiere of the three Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Agnes Zimmermann, was released in 2020 and has received widespread acclaim, including Mathilde being named Classical Music Magazine’s Artist of the Month and glowing reviews – “London-born violinist Mathilde Milwidsky is simply terrific, her tone, technique, and temperament the ideal mix and balance for these works. Five stars: I’d give it 10 if I could. This is one of those once-in-a-decade or more discoveries.” (Fanfare Magazine, US).
Her latest release, of both Beethoven Romances for Violin and Orchestra, alongside the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Rimma Sushanskaya, was released worldwide on the Guild label, and was subsequently given a 5* review by Musical Opinion.
Mathilde was the sole British violinist to be selected for the 2019 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition in Brussels and recently won 3rd Prize at the Windsor Festival International String Competition 2019. In 2020 she was a major prize winner at the Peter Pirazzi Stiftung Competition (Frankfurt) and became a scholarship-holder of Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben (Hamburg). At the inaugural Aurora Music Competition 2018 (Sweden) the jury, chaired by Gordan Nikolic, unanimously awarded her First Prize, alongside the Audience Prize. Mathilde is a semi-finalist laureate of the 2018 International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition Hanover and won the String Section of the 2017 Royal Overseas League Music Competition. She became a St John’s Smith Square Young Artist for the 2017/18 season, for which she gave the world premiere of a piece written for her by the acclaimed composer Sally Beamish.
She is regularly invited to festivals such as Prussia Cove, East Neuk, Fraenkische Musiktage, Musikdorf Ernen, Musique à Marsac, Lichfield, Presteigne, Peasmarsh, Kings Lynn and Roman River, collaborating with musicians such as Anthony Marwood, Thomas Hoppe, Ettore Causa, Lilli Maijala, Avi Avital, Huw Watkins, Rosanne Philippens, Christian Poltéra and Ksenija Sidorova, as well as woodwind principals of the Philharmonia and die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Between 2011-2015 she was the first violinist of the Celan Quartet, with which she toured the UK and recorded a CD of Berg’s Op 3 Quartet. She has worked closely with such esteemed composers as Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Huw Watkins, Sally Beamish and David Matthews. In 2021 Mathilde attended the Verbier Festival Academy on the Soloist & Chamber Music Programme.
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. She was then offered a place at Trinity College, Cambridge but instead 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.
Additional inspiration has come from members of the London Haydn Quartet and masterclasses with, among others, Leonidas Kavakos, Steven Isserlis, Maxim Vengerov, Mihaela Martin, Augustin Dumay, Guy Braunstein and Gerhard Schulz.
Generous scholarships have supported her studies, including awards from the Hattori Foundation, Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Martin Musical Scholarship, the Drake Calleja Foundation and the Tillett Trust. Mathilde is an Artist on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme for 2020-2022. She plays a fine Lorenzo Ventapane (1795) violin from the Deutschen Musikinstrumentfonds of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, of which she is currently a scholarship holder.