Teije Hylkema is the Principal Cellist of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He moved to Australia in 2012 and has worked as a guest principal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
He also performed in close collaborations with violinist Andrew Haveron, accordionist James Crabb, didgeridoo player William Barton and with major art Companies such as Opera Queensland, Opera Victoria, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dance North.
Before moving to Australia, Teije was co-principal at the Radio Kamer Filharmonie, a Dutch orchestra that specialised in baroque and modern repertoire with chief conductors Jaap van Zweden and the late Frans Brüggen.
Teije is a dedicated chamber music player, both on modern and baroque cello. He has performed in many chamber music festivals in Europe and in Australia, he was a guest artist at the Tyalgum Music festival, The Sydney Chamber Music Festival and the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields festival.