'BBC Young Musician of the year 2012'
Laura van der Heijden - Cello
Huw Watkins - Piano
BEETHOVEN: Cello Sonata No 2 in G minor, Op 5
Since winning BBC Young Musician in 2012 at the age of 15, cellist Laura van der Heijden’s career has gone from strength to strength.
Following her appearance on the long-running BBC competition, there’s been no shortage of accolades. In 2014, she was awarded the Landgraf von Hessen Prize at the Kronberg Academy’s prestigious international masterclasses, while the following year she was named Young Artist in Residence of the London Mozart Players.
Praised for her mesmerising performances and poised expression, Laura’s toured all over the world with the likes of the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra, BBC Proms Australia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and kicked off 2018 with the release of her critically acclaimed debut recording, 1948.
Currently studying for her Bachelor’s Degree in Music at the University of Cambridge, the emerging talent splits her term-time between study and performance.
Huw Watkins was born in Wales in 1976. He studied piano with Peter Lawson at Chetham’s School of Music and composition with Robin Holloway, Alexander Goehr and Julian Anderson at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music.
In 2001 he was awarded the Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, where he now teaches composition.
As a pianist, Huw Watkins is in great demand with orchestras and festivals including the London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, the BBC orchestras and Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals.
A favourite partner for chamber collaborations, Huw Watkins performs regularly with his brother Paul Watkins, as well as Alina Ibragimova, James Gilchrist, Daniel Hope, Nicholas Daniel, Sebastian Manz, Mark Padmore, Carolyn Sampson, and Alexandra Wood.
Huw Watkins is one of Britain’s foremost composers and his music has been performed throughout Europe and North America. He is regularly featured on BBC Radio 3, both as a performer and as a composer. Most recently, NMC Records have released a disc dedicated to Huw Watkins’ work entitled "In my craft of sullen art"