Born in London in 1994, 24 year old Mathilde Milwidsky 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. Recent live broadcasts include BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune', BBC Radio 4, Radio Swiss Classic, Classic FM and the BBC One Show.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 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). 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.
John Reid is a pianist of notable versatility and range, with wide experience as an outstanding chamber musician, song accompanist, soloist and exponent of new music. He is a principal of the Aurora Orchestra, with whom he has appeared at the major London concert venues and elsewhere. Projects during 2017 included recitals in Germany and the UK with violist Timothy Ridout; a collaboration with soprano Gillian Keith and flamenco dance group Dot Dot Dot at the Buxton Festival in a new work by Tom Randle; and his concerto debut in Germany (Brahms No.1 with Deutsche Philharmonie Merck in Darmstadt). He has recorded numerous times for Radio 3 and made several CDs. He studied at Clare College, Cambridge and at the Royal Academy of Music. He was a recipient of the 2004 Gerald Moore Award and the 2003 Kathleen Ferrier and Maggie Teyte Pianist Prizes, and he is now an Associate of the RAM. Increasingly in demand as a coach of chamber music, he teaches in London at both the RAM and at Goldsmiths College.