Teije Hylkema is the Principal Cellist of the Opera Australia Orchestra. He moved from The Netherlands to Australia in 2012 and has worked as a guest principal with various orchestras including Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra before attaining the Principal Cello position at Opera Australia Orchestra (formerly known as Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra).
Teije has also performed in close collaborations with major art companies such as Opera Queensland, Opera Victoria, Australian Ballet, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dance North.
In the Netherlands, Teije was the co-principal cellist at the Radio Kamer Filharmonie, an orchestra that specialized in baroque and modern repertoire with chief conductors Jaap van Zweden and Frans Brüggen. He was also a regular guest in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding and Claudio Abbado.