Laura van der Heijden

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Young Musician of The Year winner and cellist Laura van der Heijden

Laura van der Heijden


Laura van der Heijden (Cello) Winner of BBC Young Musician 2012 Martyn Jackson (Violin) Peter Limonov (Piano)

SCHUBERT: Piano Trio No.1 in B flat BRAHMS: Piano Trio No.1 in B major

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 masterclasses. In 2015, Laura was named Young Artist in Residence of the London Mozart Players.

Born in England in 1997 as the youngest daughter of a Dutch father and a Swiss mother, Laura’s musical studies started on recorder at the age of four. After learning with Marina Logie on cello, Laura had gained ABRSM grade 8 distinctions on both cello and piano by the age of ten. 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, where she learned piano with Emily Jeffrey and participated in many ensembles. Since 2008 Laura has been a student of the renowned British-Russian cellist Leonid Gorokhov.

During her young life Laura has already had many other prizes and awards bestowed on her. In 2010 she won “First Prize with Distinction” and a special prize in the finale of the Swiss National Youth Music Competition, which led to her performing the Boccherini Cello Concerto in G with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra at Zurich Tonhalle. She was also the 2011 winner of the Marjorie Humby competition at the Royal College of Music, the 2011 Beckenham Musician of the Year and 2012 Woking Young Musician of the Year. More recently she was awarded the Director’s Prize (2012) and the Esther Coleman Prize (2014) for outstanding contributions to the RCM Junior Department.

In recent years Laura has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and with Sinfonia Cymru in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto. She also gave performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Union Chamber Orchestra in 2016 and the London Mozart Players in 2015 as part of her residency.

Last year, after completing her A-levels, Laura spent a gap year dedicated to the cello. She made her debuts in Germany, New Zealand and Australia, with performances at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the New Zealand Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of the inaugural BBC Proms Australia, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

She also performed again with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and undertook extensive recital tours in the UK. She has worked with a number of pianists including pianists Tom Poster, Alison Rhind and more recently Petr Limonov. She also performed with a trip she formed with Huw Watkins and violinist Tobias Feldmann.

Laura was recently 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.

Laura is currently studying for her Bachelor’s Degree in Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, though will continue to perform recitals around the UK. She also makes her BBC Philharmonic Orchestra debut

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.


Standard ticket £20

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Please note this performance take place at St Andrews

July 15 2017


Date: July 15
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: £20
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St Andrews

Market Place
Chippenham, SN15 3HT

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