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Laura van der Heijden

“a superstar cellist comes out of the shadows”

Richard Morrison, The Times

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Admired for her captivating sonority and creative programming, Laura van der Heijden is renowned for her exceptional talent and musicianship as both a soloist and chamber musician.

Her 23/24 season sees the completion of her year as ‘Artist in Focus’ at King’s Place, London, concerto projects with the CBSO (Haydn D), London Philharmonic Orchestra as well as US touring with Kaleidoscope Collective, chamber projects in Bern with Hyeyoon Park, Arnhem with the Redon Quartet, Lammermuir and Dartington Festivals. Recitals with her long-standing pianist Jâms Coleman include at St George’s Bristol and at the Cello Biennale, Amsterdam.

Recent highlights include touring with the Brno Philharmonic (Martinů), BBC Symphony at the Barbican as part of the George Walker ‘Total Immersion’ project conducted by Alpesh Chauhan, Aurora Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Scottish with the World Premiere of a new work by Cheryl Frances-Hoad entitled ‘Earth, Sea, Air’. She also gave solo and chamber recitals at the 2023 BBC Proms, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall including alongside Hilary Hahn and Kaleidoscope Collective, Cheltenham Music Festival, Bad Kissingen Summer Festival.

Other performances include concerts with leading orchestras such as Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, European Union Chamber and English Chamber Orchestras, New Zealand Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra at the 2018 BBC Proms, and with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the opening concert of the inaugural BBC Proms Australia. She has performed at venues including the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Amsterdam’s Het Concertgebouw, Opernhaus Zürich, Wigmore Hall, LSO St Luke’s, Leeds Town Hall, Usher Hall Edinburgh, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Smetana Hall Prague, Snape Maltings, Saffron Hall, Kings Place and St George’s Bristol. She has made numerous appearances on BBC Radio 3 In Tune, and has worked with such distinguished musicians as Sir Andrew Davis, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Kirill Karabits, Ryan Wigglesworth, Huw Watkins, Krzysztof Chorzelski, the Redon Quartet and the Brodsky Quartet.

Her first album on Chandos Records, “Pohádka” features works by Janacek and Dvorak and was released in 2022 to critical acclaim with further releases including Mozart Piano Quartets with chamber partners Francesca Dego, Timothy Ridout and Federico Colli and ‘Transfigured’ with Kaleidoscope in 2023. Laura was the winner of the BBC Young Musician competition aged 15. Her 2018 debut album 1948 won the 2018 Edison Klassiek Award and the 2019 BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year Award. The disc, featuring Russian music for cello and piano with pianist Petr Limonov, has been hailed as a “a thought-provoking debut disc from an impressive and intelligent young cellist” (Gramophone).

Also a passionate chamber musician, Laura is a key member of the member of the critically-acclaimed Kaleidoscope Collective, who perform a wide variety of captivating repertoire across the UK and beyond. She also regularly collaborates with the likes of Jâms Coleman, Timothy Ridout, Katya Apekisheva and Max Baillie, and has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, West Cork and Beverley Chamber Music Festivals, Harrogate International Festival, the Cheltenham Festival, Music In The Round, Oxford’s Holywell Music Room and at the Oxford Lieder Festival. In Summer 2023 she will also perfom in the Miesbach Festival, Germany.

Laura is a graduate of St John’s College, Cambridge and currently studying for a Masters with Antje Weithaas at the Hans Eisler in Berlin. She plays a late 17th-century cello by Francesco Ruggieri of Cremona, on generous loan from a private collection.

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Laura van der Heijden’s debut concerto album release on Chandos Records

May 31st, 2024

Released today is cellist Laura van der Heijden’s debut concerto album on Chandos Records; the most recent in her rapidly growing discography. With the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ryan Wigglesworth, Laura presents the premiere recording of Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s Cello Concerto “Earth, Sea, Air” having premiered the work with them in 2023. Written for vanRead more ›

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JBM Artists at the 2024 BBC PROMS

April 25th, 2024

We are proud to announce appearances by three JBM artists at this year’s BBC Proms. First, cellist Laura van der Heijden takes to the Royal Albert Hall stage on 26 July for Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s concerto Earth, Sea, Air with the BBC Scottish Symphony conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth. Next on 5 August, Proms favourite pianist BenjaminRead more ›

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NEW ALBUM: Path to the Moon

February 16th, 2024

Path to the Moon Laura van der Heijden (cello) & Jâms Coleman (piano): Chandos In a programme inspired by William T. Horton’s captivating image ‘Path to the Moon’, which features as the cover artwork, Laura van der Heijden’s latest album release from Chandos Records presents a programme of starkly contrasting works, exploring new and unusual qualities in eachRead more ›

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Laura performs Elgar with LPO

January 13th, 2024

This Sunday, Laura performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto to a sell-out audience with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conducted by Gabriella Teychenné, this performance in Eastbourne marks the 50th anniversary celebrations of the orchestra’s long-established special partnership with the Sussex audience. Earlier this month, Laura’s label CHANDOS Records announced her latest forthcoming album release – Path toRead more ›

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Laura performs Rachmaninoff at the BBC Proms

August 7th, 2023

Cellist Laura van der Heijden performed an enchanting recital yesterday afternoon at Dewsbury Town Hall alongside pianist Jâms Coleman. Repertoire included Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise as well as his magnificent Cello Sonata. The recital also included BBC Proms premieres of Lara Weaver’s ‘A thing that holds’ and Pejacevic’s Cello Sonata. You can listen to this recital onRead more ›

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Hallé Orchestra, Bridgewater Hall, March 2022

” Still only 24, she now sounds wonderful. This performance of Walton’s Cello Concerto was by turns poised and pert, wistful and lyrical, tautly driven and expansively rhapsodic — but always played with exemplary intonation and technical finesse … I relished a performance that let the music speak for itself, reserving big outbursts of emotion for the two eruptive quasi-cadenzas in the finale.”

Richard Morrison, The Times, ****

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Path to the Moon
Laura van der Heijden (cello) and Jâms Coleman (piano)

Schubert: String Quintet / String Quartet
With the Brodsky Quartet

Pohádka – Tales from Prague to Budapest
Laura van der Heijden (cello) and Jâms Coleman (piano)

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