Laura van der Heijden, cello and Jams Coleman, piano

7.45pm TUESDAY 23rd JULY 2019


Laura van der Heijden, cello and Jams Coleman, piano

Schnittke, Alfred: Suite in the Old Style Op. 80, Beethoven, Cello Sonata No.2, Op. 5 in G Minor
Kodaly, Zoltan: Cello Sonatina
Franck, Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major (arr. for cello by Jules Delsart)

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Laura van der Heijden rose to fame when she won the title of BBC Young Musician in 2012. She has since embarked on an impressive career which this season includes debuts in Germany, New Zealand and Australia. Her artistic integrity and captivating stage presence are rapidly ensuring her a place among the most distinctive emerging artists.  Currently Young Artist in Residence of the London Mozart Players, she has performed with the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. Laura is a keen chamber musician, collaborating regularly with pianists Tom Poster and Huw Watkins, and violinist Tobias Feldmann.

Laura van der Heijden has already made a name for herself as a very special emerging talent, captivating audiences and critics alike with her insightful and faithful interpretations. Having won many prizes and awards from a very young age, Laura was awarded the title of BBC Young Musician 2012 at the age of 15, 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. In 2016 Laura 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 at Zürich Tonhalle in September 2016.

Born in England in 1997 as the youngest daughter of a Dutch father and a Swiss mother, 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.  Since 2008 Laura has been a student of the renowned British-Russian cellist Leonid Gorokhov. She is currently studying for her Bachelor’s Degree in Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, while continuing to perform during her term breaks.

In the past few years, Laura has performed with many leading UK orchestras, such as the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, European Union Chamber and English Chamber Orchestras, as well as giving her debuts in Germany, New Zealand, and in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the opening concert of the inaugural BBC Proms Australia, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

Laura’s myriad chamber music performances have included collaborations with Tom Poster, Huw Watkins, Fazil Say, Peter Limonov, and Krzysztof Chorzelski.  She regularly participates in chamber music courses, as well as masterclasses with David Geringas, Ralph Kirshbaum and Miklós Perényi.

Laura van der Heijden’s 2017/18 season will see her perform the Schumann cello concerto with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields as part of the “Cello Unwrapped” series at Kings Place, London. She will also make an appearance at the Award Night of the 13th Zurich Film Festival at Zurich Opera House,  and participate in the Open Chamber Music Tour 2017 of IMS Prussia Cove. Later on in the season Laura will perform in Switzerland with the Argovia Philharmonic, at Wigmore Hall in a BBC Lunchtime recital, and also travel to Japan to give her debut with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. Laura’s debut recital CD will be released on the award-winning Champs Hill Records label in early 2018, featuring Russian music for cello and piano.

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.

Jâms Coleman is a pianist from Anglesey, North Wales, who enjoys a rich and varied musical life performing as a soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist.He finds it inspiring and fascinating to collaborate with different musicians and values the rewards of this process. Jâms enjoys performing solo recitals and as a concerto soloist. He has performed repertoire including Beethoven’s Third, Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos and concertos by Chopin, Brahms and Mozart.  Jâms read Music at Girton College, Cambridge, where he was also a choral scholar. In 2016 he completed a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music where he then stayed on as a Fellow. In 2018 he was the Artistic Director of a concert series based in St Clement Danes Church in Central London which featured twenty-nine concerts.

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Delicious food and drink is available at all concerts as well as a limited number of post concert suppers at the nearby Old Vicarage where you can dine with the musicians. Go to the HOSPITALITY page for details…