Laura van der Heijden

Laura van der Heijden

“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

Photo: Chris Gloag


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.


Full Biography

Laura van der Heijden has already made a name for herself as a very special emerging talent, captivating audiences and critics alike with her insightful and faithful interpretations. Having won many prizes and awards from a very young age, Laura was awarded the title of BBC Young Musician 2012 at the age of 15, 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 masterclasses. In 2015, Laura was named Young Artist in Residence of the London Mozart Players. 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 in September 2016.

Born in England in 1997 as the youngest daughter of a Dutch father and a Swiss mother, Laura’s first public performance as a cellist was at the age of nine with the Jupiter Chamber Orchestra. From 2005 to 2014 Laura was a student at the Royal College of Music Junior Department.  Since 2008 Laura has been a student of the renowned British-Russian cellist Leonid Gorokhov. She is currently studying for her Bachelor’s Degree in Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, while continuing to perform during her term breaks.

In the past few years, Laura has performed with many leading UK orchestras, such as the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, European Union Chamber and English Chamber Orchestras, as well as giving her debuts in Germany, New Zealand, and in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the opening concert of the inaugural BBC Proms Australia, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

Laura’s myriad chamber music performances have included collaborations with Tom Poster, Huw Watkins, Fazil Say, Peter Limonov, and Krzysztof Chorzelski.  She regularly participates in chamber music courses, as well as masterclasses with David Geringas, Ralph Kirshbaum and Miklós Perényi.

Laura van der Heijden’s 2017/18 season will see her perform the Schumann cello concerto with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields as part of the “Cello Unwrapped” series at Kings Place, London. She will also make an appearance at the Award Night of the 13th Zurich Film Festival at Zurich Opera House,  and participate in the Open Chamber Music Tour 2017 of IMS Prussia Cove. Later on in the season Laura will perform in Switzerland with the Argovia Philharmonic, at Wigmore Hall in a BBC Lunchtime recital, and also travel to Japan to give her debut with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. Laura’s debut recital CD will be released on the award-winning Champs Hill Records label in early 2018, featuring Russian music for cello and piano.

Laura plays a 1780 cello by Joseph Hill, loaned to her by the Boileau family, and is an Ambassador for both the Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts and Brighton Youth Orchestra.

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Email: Chantal Osindero



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Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis – BBC Proms Australia

“At just 19, this tremendously charismatic performer displayed a confidence and artistry far greater than her years, delivering a rich, treacly tone warmed with a robust vibrato. This relatively short, single-movement work is not often considered among the greatest cello concerti, but in the hands of musicians of this calibre, it is most definitely worthy of a performance.”

Limelight Magazine (April 2016)

“The Saint-Saens often suffers maltreatment, cellists slashing through tempests, then saturating delicate asides with ostentatious phrasing. Van der Heijden was having none of that, the beauty and clarity of her tone, even and sensitively weighted bow contact, and an unlaboured expressive palette making for an elegant performance. She gave fiendish double stops, harmonics and upper-register climbs the rare honour of being treated as musical ideas rather than tricks, making sense of what is generally rendered as acoustic porridge.”

The Australian (April 2016)

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Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra NYO and Richard Gill) 

“Her warm tone in the upper register and the rich dark velvety hues of the lower provided a performance full of colour and nuances of a more mature performer… van der Heijden displayed her virtuosity in the second movement cadenza and in the dramatic sections of the finale. Her performance captured the beauty inherent in the work.”

Stuff NZ (February 2016)

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Recital with Tom Poster, Nairn

“This was a musical evening to remember.  The rapport and musical communication between these two now internationally renowned performers was remarkable, particularly considering the youthfulness of the cellist who exhibited a musical maturity well beyond her years.”

John Bell (October 2015)

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Discography & Repertoire

Artist Manager

Sibylle Jackson (Cambridge)

Assistant Artist Manager

Chantal Osindero (Cambridge)
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