Joost van der Linden

Samling Artist Programme: 1997

Joost van der Linden studied at the Royal Conservatory at The Hague and at Rotterdam Conservatory. He attended masterclasses at the Britten-Pears school in Aldeburgh, England, and was invited to participate in a masterclass given by British baritone Sir Thomas Allen. (Samling)

Joost van der Linden has sung with Collegium Vocale Ghent and La Chapelle Royale under their music director, Philippe Herreweghe, as well as with the Musicalische Compagney (Berlin) and the Gesualdo Consort (Amsterdam). At present he works on a free-lance basis with the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Ton Koopman’s Amsterdam Baroque Choir.

He is much sought after as an oratorio soloist, and in addition to a specialisation in baroque works, such as J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions, in which he usually performs the role of Evangelist, he also sings roles in many classical and romantic oratorios. His broad musical interest spans many periods, from Monteverdi and Schütz (17th century) to Stravinsky and Britten (20th century). He performed in the Scapino Ballet’s production of Les Noces by Stravinsky.

Joost van der Linden has worked as a soloist for many eminent conductors, such as Jurjen Hempel, Jane Glover, Jos van Veldhoven, Werner Herbers (Ebony Band Amsterdam), Jed Wentz (Musica Ad Rhenum), Erik van Nevel and Ton Koopman

His cd-recordings include solo work in the important new series of J.S. Bach cantatas with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under its director Ton Koopman, and Purcell’s Timon of Athens with Musica Ad Rhenum.

His solo engagements outside of his native Holland include Handel’s opera Acis and Galatea (at the Gergynog Festival in Wales), the Fairy Queen by Purcell (Aldeburgh Festival), Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers (Berlin), Handel’s Alceste (Festival de Tréguier et Semaines Musicales de Quimper) and Bastien und Bastienne (Festival Opera d’Eté de Dijon). He has also appeared in solo roles in concerts in Holland’s Festival voor Oude Muziek, Germany’s Tage Alter Musik in Herne and Itinéraire Baroque.

With the vocal ensemble SongCircle, of which is he one of the founders, Joost van der Linden gives recitals of art song.