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Laura van der Heijden

Laura van der Heijden, who has emerged as a leading young cellist, can already look back on a number of exceptional achievements, among them winning the BBC Young Musician competition. In 2016 she 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 in Zürich. Her 2018 début album, 1948, with the pianist Petr Limonov, featured Russian music for cello and piano and won the 2018 Edison Klassiek Award (a ceremony broadcast live on Dutch TV) and the 2019 BBC Music Magazine Newcomer Award. She has performed with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Filharmonie Brno, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Philharmonic, and with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with which she performed in the opening concert of the inaugural BBC Proms Australia. Recent concert highlights also include recitals at Tonhalle Zürich, Wigmore Hall, and the Musashino Cultural Foundation, as well as participation at the festivals of West Cork, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Krzyzowa-Music. Chamber music being immensely important to her, she has collaborated with Tom Poster, Huw Watkins, Benjamin Grosvenor, Hyeyoon Park, and Krzysztof Chorzelski, and regularly participates in international chamber music festivals. She is also a regular player with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, an Associate Ensemble at Wigmore Hall. Laura van der Heijden plays a late seventeenth-century cello by Francesco Ruggieri, of Cremona, on generous loan from a private collection.

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