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)


Martinu: Cello Concerto No. 1 (Pietri Inkinen and the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Bradford St George’s Hall)

“Along came [Martinu’s] Cello Concerto No 1, with Laura van der Heijden setting her stamp on the solo part with an authoritative first entry. She went on to bring out the folky character of her second theme, and duet engagingly, …adding another layer of emotional complexity. Her plangent, lamenting tone was echoed in the poignant, still episode in the midst of the finale’s bustling energy – those dance rhythms again – delivered with panache.”

Classical Music Daily (November, 2019)


Dvorak: Cello Concerto (Alpesh Chauhan and Orkest van het Oosten, Netherlands tour)

“Breathtaking lyricism characterized the adagio of Dvorak’s cello concerto… she has everything within reach to become a cello diva … Van der Heijden produces an honest, full sound from her cello, without needing any kind of theatre in her movements. The nuance that she gives every phrase betrays her ear for the full spectrum of atmospheres hidden in the piece.”

Frederike Berntsen, Trouw, April 2019

“Van der Heijden’s talent is crystal clear… she provided the opening theme with a deep, roaring sound of expressiveness. Her tone was buzzing and whispering.”

NRC, March 2019