Monique Heidema is known as an expressive cellist with a strong musical talent. During the years she developed a deep preference for performing chamber music in the most diverse styles. 

She is very grateful to play together with a lot of fantastic national and international colleagues and friends.


In addition to being regularly on stage, she is an inspiring and very involved teacher. 

Her motto is here: 

Everyone who wants to learn playing an instrument has the rights to get highly qualified education! "

In this quality she is head Professor for Young Talent, Bachelor and Master students at :                       


Conservatorium te Amsterdam 

Sweelinck Academie

Fontys Conservatorium Tilburg

Picture:: Tineke van de Wetering

Since 2018 she founded the OCRUM MUZIEK FESTIVAL in the city Breda, the Netherlands. Every year the festival takes place in the month of May and it has every year a different musical theme. 

Because to Monique it is so incredibly important to connect, during this music festival will all kinds of different musicians (professional, amateur, student, old, young and everything in between) work together. 

Monique Heidema got her first cello lessons only at the age of 16. She studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Professor Monique Bartels. 

She got masterclasses from :

William Pleeth, Dimitri Ferschtman, Gerhard Mantel, Ivan Monighetti, Colin Carr, Anner Bijlsma and Mtsislav Rostropovich. 

She was a member of cello8tet Amsterdam and the Doelensensemble Rotterdam. The Dutch composer Peter Jan Wagemans dedicated the composition "Frage, worauf hoffen?" to her.

Not only in the Netherlands, but also on the stages of France, Spain, Taiwan, Sweden, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Liechtenstein, Hungary, United States of America and Russia she gave already many concerts.

Regularly, she is asked to take part in committees and jury's, such as for admission and final examinations of the various conservatories in the Netherlands and Belgium, during the state examinations of the Schumann academy, the competition stage4kids, the Prinses Christina Concours and the Maassluise Muziekweek.

For many years she has played in the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest and she has played several times as a soloist with symphonic and string orchestras.

Monique is very happy and very grateful to the Dutch fund Nationaal Muziek Instrumentenfonds, who gave her the opportunity to play on the beautiful cello made by Romeo Antoniazzi (1920, Cremona).

Recently she made a successful tour to Taiwan. She was also invited to give masterclasses to students from the Conservatoire Superior in Salamanca (Spain) and she was in St. Petersburg (Russia) for sold out concerts in the famous halls the Philharmony and the Hermitage. 

Last summer she joined the team of professors during the masterclasses Ervin Schiffer in Hungary 

In 2020 she will be a member of the team as well.