Laura van der Hei­j­den

BBC Music Magazine - - Bbc Music Magazine Awards -

1948 Works by Prokofiev, Myaskovsky, Sha­porin and Lyadov Laura van der Hei­j­den (cello), Petr Li­monov (pi­ano) Champs Hill Records CHRCD136


‘I wasn’t ex­pect­ing it at all,’ says Laura van der Hei­j­den, when she learns her de­but record­ing – our March 2018 Record­ing of the Month – has won New­comer of the Year. ‘I was al­ready pleased with how the CD was re­ceived, but to get this ex­tra amaz­ing news was ex­cit­ing.’

The 22-year-old cel­list, who won the BBC Young Mu­si­cian com­pe­ti­tion in 2012 and is now gear­ing up for her mu­sic de­gree fi­nals at St John’s Col­lege, Cam­bridge, lav­ished care on her recital al­bum with pi­anist Petr Li­monov. ‘I wanted my first CD to mean a lot to me and to be a snap­shot of who I was in that mo­ment,’ she says.

That meant a turn to So­viet mu­sic from around 1948. ‘My cello teacher is Rus­sian and I started learn­ing the lan­guage a few years ago,’ says Van der Hei­j­den. ‘I liked the Prokofiev Sonata and I was taken with the beauty of the Myaskovsky Sonata. And I was in­ter­ested in how mu­sic of that time pe­riod was af­fected by Stalin’s regime.’

And how does she hope her ca­reer will de­velop? ‘Lots of col­lab­o­ra­tion with dif­fer­ent peo­ple. When I feel the most con­nected and emo­tion­ally in­volved, that’s when I am the most sat­is­fied.’

Daz­zling de­but: cel­list Laura van der Hei­j­den

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