Heike was born in Neuss and started playing cello in her early childhood. After winning her first prizes at "Jugend musiziert”, she debuted at age 9 as a soloist at the Zeughaus Neuss with the Cello Concerto in E Minor. When she was 14, she was awarded the Art Promotion Prize of the City of Neuss as the youngest prize winner ever. Because of her exceptional talent, Heike was accepted as a student at the Cologne Conservatory and the Maastricht Conservatory at the age of only 16. She continued her musical education at the Mozarteum University Salzburg with Prof. Enrico Bronzi and Prof. Clemens Hagen, where she completed her Master of Arts degree with distinction. Master classes with Natalia Gutman, David Geringas, Janos Starker, and Arto Noras provided her with further impulses.
As a soloist, Heike has performed with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Akademische Philharmonie Heidelberg, and the Schumann Camerata Düsseldorf, among others. She performs in Germany and internationally as a chamber musician, for example at the Salzburg Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Mikkeli Music Festival in Finland, Kent Nagano's Festival La Virée Classique in Montréal, the Rio International Cello Encounter, and the International Music Festival in Phnom Penh. Her chamber music partners include artists such as Jörg Widmann, Pavel Vernikov, Piia Komsi, and Martti Rousi. Heike regularly works with chamber, symphony, and opera orchestras such as the Hamburg Symphony, The Philharmonie der Nationen, Bamberg Symphony, and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. She is also in demand for crossover projects between classical, pop and rock, and has already performed with hip-hop star Kanye West and the folk rock band Versengold. In addition, she can be seen as an actress in film and television productions.
Heike has been awarded several prizes, including at the International Johannes Brahms Chamber Music Competition in Gdansk and by the Johannes-Brahms-Association Hamburg. She received the European Foundation for Culture “Pro Europa” promotion prize as well as the a scholarship prize from the Summer Academy and City of Salzburg. She has also received scholarships from the Art Foundation NRW, the Lions Club, the Dr. Jost Henkel Foundation and the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein. She teaches at international master classes and is also the assistant to Martti Rousi at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
Heike plays cello with Salut Salon.