Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor (Joana Carneiro and the BBC Philharmonic, Leeds Town Hall)

“Laura van der Heijden, winner of the 2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, was the deeply expressive soloist. [. . .] Her dazzling coda and the BBC Philharmonic’s felicitous accompaniment brought the concerto to a stunning conclusion.”

Wharfedale Observer (October, 2019)


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

Laura van der Heijden, winner of the 2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year, brought a virtuosic rhythmic vigour and achingly beautiful tenderness to the challenging solo part.

Warfedale Observer (November, 2019)


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)

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)

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)