Touching a nerve
Although nervous energy can lead to inspired playing, it can also result in performance anxiety – unless we find ways to control it, writes cellist Laura van der Heijden
Interview by Sophie Hamilton
Managing performance anxiety and finding what works for you
Wigmore Hall Associate Ensemble
Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective has been named Wigmore Hall’s new Associate Ensemble
Laura plays Shostakovich and Saint-Saëns Concertos on Radio BBC 3
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Jac van Steen recreate the seminal concert of 1960, in which Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto was being given its London premiere, alongside Britten’s own Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.
Britten and Russia, available until 23 Nov 2019
Afternoon Concert, celebrating the BBC Philharmonic – Saint-Saens, Mahler, Clyne, Saariaho, Antheil
BBC Philharmonic & Joana Carneiro, conductor
Click here to listen until 4 Dec 2019
BBC Radio 3 - Inside Music - Cellist Laura van der Heijden finds bittersweet intensity in music
Since winning BBC Young Musician in 2012, cellist Laura van der Heijen has successfully juggled professional performing with her academic studies. She has just graduated from St John’s College, Cambridge and in today’s edition of Inside Music she talks about a highlight of her Cambridge years – putting on a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion.
Laura also finds music by Robert Schumann and Richard Strauss that has in the past assuaged her teenage angst, and a concerto by Telemann that’s been pepped up with the addition of the Hungarian cimbalom.
Raw vocal expression is another necessity for Laura, as she chooses recordings by singers Fritz Wunderlich, Ella Fitzgerald and Allan Clayton.
BBC Radio 4 - Front Row
Cellist Laura van der Heijden, who won the BBC Young Musician competition when she was 15, plays live and discusses her debut album of Russian music called 1948, which last night won the BBC Music Magazine’s Newcomer of the Year Award.
Interview with Stig Abell:
"1948" wins Newcomer of the Year at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2019
Winners announced for the 2019 BBC Music Magazine Awards.
Newcomer of the Year has been awarded to cellist Laura van der Heijden, the winner of BBC Young Musician in 2012 who released her debut album 1948: works by Prokofiev, Myaskovsky, Shaporin and Lyadov in 2018, which was met with huge praise.
‘As these heartfelt performances demonstrate, these are not cowed and dutifully conservative works…Van der Heijden plays with attractively songful tone throughout, rich yet grainy in her instrument’s bass register. She is well-matched by Limonov’s sensitive piano playing, their phrasing very much hand in glove and yet spontaneous-sounding.’
“1948” wins the 2018 Edison Klassiek Award
Verdict of the jury: “It is not often that a 21-year-old music student receives an Edison Classical Award. But we could not ignore the cellist Laura van der Heijden. Equally rare is that a cellist fills a debut album with Russian repertoire from after the Second World War. We know Sergei Prokofiev, but who has heard of Yuri Shaporin? Laura van der Heijden places the two composers side by side and adds Myaskovsky and the 19th-century Lyadov. The repertoire is close to her heart. Together with the Russian pianist Petr Limonov, Laura van der Heijden dives deep into the Slavic soul. You will hear a lot more of this cellist.”
Award ceremony live on NPO 2 TV (“Podium Witteman”) on Sunday 11 November at 18:05 local time. www.facebook.com/podiumwitteman
Release of Laura’s debut CD, featuring Russian works for cello and piano by Prokofiev, Myaskovsky, Shaporin and Lyadov, with pianist Petr Limonov
Nominated for Best Debut CD
Edison Klassiek Award, The Netherlands (Nov 2018)
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.”…
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, musicalifeiten.nl
…“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
“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 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.
Recording "1948" at Champs Hill
Laura to be Orchestra of the Swan Associate Artist for Season 2016/17
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.
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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Laura's New Zealand Debut
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.
Laura to perform with London Mozart Players at St John's Smith Square
‘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.’
BBC Proms Australia: Laura to play under Sir Andrew Davis
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.
Orpheum Foundation chooses Laura to be “Young Soloist on Stage”
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.
London Mozart Players announce Laura as their first Young Artist in Residence
“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.”
Young Artist of the Week: Amati Magazine Interwiew by Jessica Duchen
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…
Laura plays live at BAFTA Film Awards
Laura plays Charlie Chaplin’s Smile during the tribute to Lord Attenborough at the BAFTA Film Awards
Interview at The Roses Theatre
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.
Classical Music Magazine Interview: One Step at a Time
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.
Laura joins Encore to become an Ambassador for Brighton Youth Orchestra
“Working with the Brighton Youth Orchestra is the perfect combination of laughter and hard work.”
Laura awarded Landgrave of Hesse Prize at International Masterclasses of Kronberg Academy
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).
Laura becomes Ambassador for the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts
“…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.”