“The beauty of Laura van der Heijden’s playing lies in the fact that she has a wonderful expressivity, but never, ever overdoes it.”
Jane Shuttleworth, Bachtrack
Representation: General Management
Laura van der Heijden rose to fame when she won the title of BBC Young Musician in 2012. She has since embarked on an impressive career which this season includes debuts in Germany, New Zealand and Australia. Her artistic integrity and captivating stage presence are rapidly ensuring her a place among the most distinctive emerging artists. Currently Young Artist in Residence of the London Mozart Players, she has performed with the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. Laura is a keen chamber musician, collaborating regularly with pianists Tom Poster and Huw Watkins, and violinist Tobias Feldmann.
Hailed by the Guardian as a “thoughtful artist with much to say”, Laura van der Heijden has emerged as one of the leading cellists of her generation, captivating audiences and critics alike with the sensitivity of her sound and interpretations. She can already look back on a number of exceptional achievements, among them being the winner of the BBC Young Musician competition, and performing with such distinguished musicians as Sir Andrew Davis, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Kirill Karabits, Huw Watkins, Krzysztof Chorzelski, and the Brodsky Quartet. In 2016 Laura was chosen by the Orpheum Stiftung in Switzerland, a foundation encouraging and assisting exceptionally talented young instrumental soloists. Under this umbrella she appeared in recital with Fazil Say at Zürich Tonhalle.
Laura’s 2018 debut album ‘1948’, featuring Russian music for cello and piano with pianist Petr Limonov, won the 2018 Edison Klassiek Award (broadcast live on Dutch TV), and the 2019 BBC Music Magazine Newcomer Award. The CD has been hailed as a “dazzling, imaginative and impressive” debut recording.
The 2019/20 season saw her perform with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Aldeburgh, the Tchaikovsky Symphony in Moscow, the Prague Symphony, the London Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras.
In the past few years, Laura has performed with leading orchestras such as the Philharmonia, the Hallé Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, as well as the European Union Chamber and English Chamber Orchestras. She has also given debuts in Holland, Germany, New Zealand, and in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the opening concert of the inaugural BBC Proms Australia.
Recent highlights also include recitals at Tonhalle Zürich, Wigmore Hall and Musashino Cultural Foundation in Japan, as well as her participation at the music festivals of West Cork, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Krzyzowa Music.
Chamber music is immensely important to Laura. She has collaborated with Tom Poster, Huw Watkins, Petr Limonov, Katya Apekisheva, Matthew MacDonald, and Krzysztof Chorzelski and regularly participates in international chamber music courses and festivals.
Laura plays a late 17th-century cello by Francesco Ruggieri of Cremona, on generous loan from a private collection.
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Debut CD “1948” (Russian works for cello and piano), released in 2018
An Imaginative and impressive debut.
“Laura van der Heijden dazzels in both rare and well-known cello sonatas from the Soviet era, says Daniel Jaffé. From the first, richly resinous tone of the cello solo that opens Prokofiev’s Sonata, one senses that this album will be a treat… as these heart-felt and compelling performances by Van der Heijden and Limonov demonstrate, these are not cowed and dutifully conservative works. The Prokofiev, both melodious and neo-classical in form and proportion – like his Second Violin Sonata – is full of coulours and subtle detail which become more apparent over many hearings, each appearing to reveal new emotional vistas…”
Recording of the Month, BBC Music Magazine (March 2018)