Jaap ter Linden
Cellist and conductor Jaap Ter Linden has devoted his illustrious career to historical performance practice, reaching out to audiences with his moving performances and inspiring colleagues and students with his musical enthusiasm and integrity.
His relentless curiosity for the music of Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart has led him to concentrate on this repertoire in his current conducting projects–including a Beethoven cycle with the Wroclaw Symphony–and was the driving force behind a recording of the complete Mozart symphonies with his own Mozart Akademie. The same fascination extends to his chamber music endeavors: this year he will record the complete Beethoven cello and piano works with American fortepianist David Breitman. In upcoming performances, Elizabeth Wallfisch joins them to play the Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms trios.
Jaap is a regular guest conductor and performer with a number of ensembles, including Ensemble Arion (Montreal), Portland Baroque Orchestra, and the Lyra Baroque Orchestra. Recently retired from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, he continues teaching a handful of advanced students and gives regular master classes throughout Europe and the United States. He enjoys having more time to dedicate to a long-lost passion for photography, as well as writing about various themes related to music and movement, and further exploring the world of music and meaning.
Jaap has made numerous recordings: among his personal favourites are the two different versions of the Bach suites, the old Vivaldi L’Estro Armonico recording with the English Concert and his Mozart symphonies.