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"1948" Release 5 Jan 2018

Jan 2018

Release of Laura’s debut CD, featuring Russian works for cello and piano by Prokofiev, Myaskovsky, Shaporin and Lyadov, with pianist Petr Limonov

Daniel Jaffé, BBC Music Magazine *****
March 2018, Recording of the Month

“An imaginative and impressive debut”
“From the first, richly resinous tone of the cello solo that opens Prokofiev’s Sonata, one senses that this album will be a treat.”…
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Peter Quantrill, The Strad
March 2018, ‘The Strad Recommends’

“Outstanding, original Russian recital”…
…“the burgeoning first melody of Myaskovsky’s Sonanta, which in the hands of the 2012 BBC Young Musician winner, opens like a flower after a long winter.”…
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Erica Jeal, The Guardian ****
11 Jan 2018

…“a perfectly judged weight, the cello singing out long lines of sustained intensity that get to the heart of this soulful music”…
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Norman Lebrecht, La Scena Musicale ****
5 Jan 2018

…“serious, adult interpretations, properly considered and ready to contend with the best in the field”…
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Jan de Kruijff,
Jan 2018

…“Vol zelfvertrouwen en beschikkend over een waar arsenaal aan techniek laat ze haar cello mooi fraserend en articulerend zingen, spreken en trillen met een goed gedoseerde intensiteit en steeds de essentie van de werken onthullend.”…
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Richard Bratby, Gramophone Magazine
Feb 2018

“Prokofiev’s Cello Sonata begins with a melody low on the C string, and no expression markings: just the instruction piena voce (full voice). So it’s hard to explain exactly why Laura van der Heijden makes it sound and feel quite so right.”…
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Laura to be Orchestra of the Swan Associate Artist for Season 2016/17

Sep 2016

Laura is absolutely delighted to play with the Orchestra of the Swan as their Associated Artist.

After a very well received Elgar cello concerto in the “Last Night of the Shakespeare Proms” in July (review), she will be playing Haydn D cello concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with OOTS during the 2016/17 season.

The “Mercurial” Haydn can be heard in September, under the baton of David Curtis, founder and Artistic Director of the Orchestra of the Swan.

27 September 2016, Stratford-on-Avon, ArtsHouse
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28 September 2016, Birmingham, Town Hall
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There will be 3 opportunities to hear Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations in April 2017:

11 April 2017 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Startford ArtsHouse under Julian Lloyd Webber
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12 April 2017 in Birmingham, Town Hall under Julian Lloyd Webber
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21 April 2017 in Cheltenham, Cheltenham Town Hall with David Curtis
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Orchestra of the Swan

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BBC Proms Australia: Laura to play under Sir Andrew Davis

Nov 2015

The BBC has announced plans to hold a new BBC Proms festival in Melbourne in April 2016. Laura has been invited to play Saint-Saëns cello concerto in the opening concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on 13th April 2016. British conductor Sir Andrew Davis, who has conducted more Last Nights of the BBC Proms than any other living conductor, will lead the event.

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Young Artist of the Week: Amati Magazine Interwiew by Jessica Duchen

Feb 2015

The British cellist Laura van der Heijden won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2012 and has been making waves ever since in the concert scene, while also studying for her A levels. In March she tours the UK performing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1. Here she tells AMATI about juggling workloads, her new cello and why it is vital that the music and the arts maintain a strong presence in our schools…

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Classical Music Magazine Interview: One Step at a Time

Nov 2014

BBC Young Musician 2012 winner Laura van der Heijden is remarkably level headed and taking her career at a sensible pace, finds Harry White in the Strings special edition of Classical Music Magazine.

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Laura becomes Ambassador for the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts

Jan 2013

“…early involvement with the arts is vital to a child’s development, emotionally and mentally. Music, theatre, art, dance and speech are fundamental, as they help children to connect with each other and themselves, and also provides lots of fun! I myself couldn’t possibly imagine my life without the arts, and I think many people would say the same.”

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Laura van der Heijden – film about 1948 CD

Jan 2018

Laura van der Heijden – film about 1948 CD.

A documentary style film about the background to the repertoire on Laura’s 1948 CD, with interviews, music and historical footage.

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Laura's New Zealand Debut

Jan 2016

Laura will be making her New Zealand debut later this month with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s National Youth Orchestra as a soloist at their annual summer camp in Hamilton, New Zealand. She will join the orchestra and conductor, Richard Gill, for a week of rehearsals leading to performances at Founders Theatre, Hamilton on Friday 5th February and Baycourt Plaza, Tauranga on Saturday 6th February.

The programme features Laura performing Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto no. 1 as well as Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Schubert’s 9th Symphony.

This is the first of two trips ‘down-under’ this year for Laura, who will be appearing at the opening night of the inaugural BBC Melbourne Proms in April.

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Orpheum Foundation chooses Laura to be “Young Soloist on Stage”

Jul 2015

Laura has been chosen by the Orpheum Foundation in Switzerland, a foundation encouraging and assisting exceptionally talented young instrumental soloists. Under this umbrella she will appear in recital with Fazil Say at Zürich Tonhalle in September 2016.

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Laura plays live at BAFTA Film Awards

Feb 2015

Laura plays Charlie Chaplin’s Smile during the tribute to Lord Attenborough at the BAFTA Film Awards

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Laura joins Encore to become an Ambassador for Brighton Youth Orchestra

Oct 2014

“Working with the Brighton Youth Orchestra is the perfect combination of laughter and hard work.”


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Recording "1948" at Champs Hill

Dec 2017

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Laura to perform with London Mozart Players at St John's Smith Square

Jan 2016

‘Mozart & the Brothers’ throws a spotlight on Mozart’s encounters with the Haydn brothers.
Highlights of the programme include a performance of Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D major from Laura and Mozart’s Horn Concerto in Eb from LMP’s distinguished principal horn player, Peter Francomb. The concert will be conducted by Graham Ross and concludes with a performance of Mozart’s ‘Linz’ symphony, a piece that was written in the space of a few days on Mozart’s return journey to Vienna from Salzburg and then subsequently premiered in Linz on 4th November 1783.

Laura was appointed as the LMP’s ‘Young Artist in Residence’ in 2015, and is ‘…so much looking forward to exploring Haydn’s D Major Cello Concerto with them for the next concert in their Mozart Explored: 1783 series.’

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London Mozart Players announce Laura as their first Young Artist in Residence

May 2015

“We are pleased to announce that cellist Laura van der Heijden has been appointed ‘Young Artist in Residence’ with the London Mozart Players. Laura is the 2012 BBC Young Musician and first collaborated with the orchestra in 2013. The new partnership will commence officially in June 2015 with the opening concert of the Portsmouth Festivities on 19 June 2015. Further concerts take place in September and January of next season.”

Press release

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Interview at The Roses Theatre

Jan 2015

Ahead of Laura and Tom Poster’s recital at the Roses Theatre in Tewksebury, she answers questions about life and work as a young musician.

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Laura awarded Landgrave of Hesse Prize at International Masterclasses of Kronberg Academy

Sep 2014

After being chosen to participate in the class of David Geringas, Laura is awarded the Landgrave von Hesse Prize, together with Maciej Kułakowski. They are both going to perform at the Kronberg Academy Festival (on 28th September 2015).

Kronberg Academy awards

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