Thursday 19 March 2015

BBC Young Musician winner Laura Van Der Heijden set to tour Wales with Sinfonia Cymru

Laura Van Der Heijden - Photo credit Sam Trench
Laura Van Der Heijden
Photo credit Sam Trench
Cellist Laura Van Der Heijden won the BBC Young Musician competition in 2012 when she was 14. Conductor Gareth Jones heard her during the competition, when he was adjudicating the string final. Now three years later, aged 17, Laura is joining Gareth Jones and Sinfonia Cymru for a Welsh tour performing Shostakovich's First Cello in a programme with Beethoven's Symphony No. 8, Sibelius's Pelleas and Melisande and Copland's A Quiet City. The tour starts at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Thursday 26 March), with performances at Pontyberem Memorial Hall (Friday 27 March), The Riverfront, Newport (Saturday 28 March) and Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold (Sunday 29 March).

Laura is having a busy year, she is currently studying for her A levels as well as preparing for performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and she has recently formed a piano trio with composer/pianist Huw Watkins and violinist Tobias Feldman. Sinfonia Cymru will be following this tour with its first all-baroque concert in May, working with Brecon-based period violinist Rachel Podger.


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