Thursday April 29 4.0 pm
Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church
Mathilde Milwidsky (violin)
Petr Limonov (piano)
Telemann: Fantasia no 7 in E flat for solo violin (8')
Ysaÿe: Sonata Op 27 no 4 in E minor for solo violin (13')
Mozart: Violin sonata in A major K 526 (30')
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Born in London in 1994, Mathilde Milwidsky has received praise from The Strad for her "perfect intonation and beautiful shaping and colouring, comprehensively nailing each new stylistic and emotional universe as she went" as well as the Ostfriesen Zeitung for “a unique, rarely heard musical experience...sensational.” She performs widely across Europe and live broadcasts include BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune', Swiss Radio Classic, Hessischer Rundfunk and Yle Radio Suomi. She has been invited to festivals such as Prussia Cove, Fränkische Musiktage, Musikdorf Ernen, Lichfield and Presteigne. In 2021 she attends the Verbier Festival Academy for masterclasses with Augustin Dumay and Pamela Frank. Mathilde was the sole British violinist to be selected for the 2019 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition and in the same year won 3rd Prize at the Windsor Festival International String Competition. Other awards include First Prize at Sweden's Aurora Music Competition, First Prize of the String Section of the Royal Overseas League Music Competition, and major prizes at the Peter Pirazzi Competition (Frankfurt) and Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. In 2018 she became a laureate of the International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition and won a place on the St John's Smith Square Young Artist Scheme, for which she gave the world premiere of a work by Sally Beamish. She has collaborated closely with other such esteemed composers as Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Huw Watkins and Joseph Phibbs. Mathilde's debut CD was released in 2020 and she was subsequently named Classical Music Magazine's Artist of the Month. The album received widespread critical acclaim - “Mathilde Milwidsky is simply terrific, her tone, technique, and temperament theideal mix and balance. 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). This was then followed by a 2021 CD release of both Beethoven Romances for the Guild label, and an upcoming debut unaccompanied album also for Guild, to be released later in 2021. Mathilde studied in London with David Takeno and György Pauk and with Professor Mi-kyung Lee in Munich, generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Hattori Foundation, Drake Calleja Trust, and the Tillett Trust.
Petr Limonov was born in Moscow in 1984 and studied at the Central Music School. After winning the First prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein piano competition in Paris (1998) he started giving concerts in Europe, Russia and Japan. He subsequently studied at the Royal Academy of Music, in Paris and at the Royal College of Music. In 2012 he became the principal conductor of the London Soloists Philarmonia orchestra. He frequently appears in UK and Europe collaborating, among others, with Nicola Benedetti, Laura van der Heijden, Jennifer Pike, Van Kujik Quartet, Leonard Elschenbroich and Liana Isakadze. He has recorded for Decca, Onyx Classics, Chandos and Champs Hill labels; the “1948” album, recorded with Laura van der Heijden, received “Edison Klassiek” award in 2018. Petr's notable appearances include La Roque d'Antheron festival (Boris Berezovsky's Carte Blanche, broadcast by radio France Musique), Wigmore Hall, iTunes Festival, Cadogan Hall, Kings Place, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Southbank Centre, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, a recital in The Duke's Hall for HRH Prince Charles, TV appearances for BBC Proms Extra and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and “Culture” TV channel (Russia).
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