Laura van der Heijden has already made a name for herself as a very special emerging talent. At the age of 15, Laura was awarded the title of BBC Young Musician 2012, performing Walton’s Cello Concerto with Kirill Karabits and the Northern Sinfonia at The Sage Gateshead. In September 2014, Laura was awarded the Landgraf von Hessen Prize at the Kronberg Academy’s prestigious international master classes. In 2015, Laura was named Young Artist in Residence of the London Mozart Players.
Recent highlights include her debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and with Sinfonia Cymru in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto, performances of the Elgar Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as part of World War I anniversary concerts, as well as concerts with the London Mozart Players and the European Union Chamber Orchestra.
Highlights of the current season include performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and a debut at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Rising Stars Festival and in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Laura also undertook two extensive recital tours of the UK with Tom Poster and Alison Rhind.
Laura is an Ambassador for both the Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts and Brighton Youth Orchestra. Since 2008, Laura has been a student of the renowned British-Russian cellist Leonid Gorokhov.
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“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