Johan Van der Linden graduated in 1983 at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. Followed master classes with Iwan Roth, Daniel Defayet, Frederik Hemke, Francois Daneels and others. In 1982, together with his colleagues, André Arends, Arno Bornkamp and Willem van Merwijk, he founded the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet. This Saxophone Quartet has become one of the leading chamber music ensembles in the world. In 2013, Johan left the quartet after 31 fertile years. From 1982 to 1990, Johan van der Linden was appointed as Saxophonist of the Royal Military Chapel in The Hague.
In addition to his work as a teacher of Saxophone at the Conservatory in Zwolle (ArtEZ) and Utrecht (HKU), Van der Linden works as a freelance saxophonist with: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra, Radio Philharmonisch Orkest. He is also a core member of the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble.
In addition to the busy playing and teaching practice and master classes all over the world, Van der Linden is also busy developing new repertoire for publishers, Molenaar Edition, Donemus, Tierolff, Matchingarts edition and G.M.F.
With the pianist Henry Kelder he has placed a duo that focuses on new music specially written for the duo at Matching Arts.
Johan was co-founder of Splendor Amsterdam. http://splendoramsterdam.com/. The place where artists and the public inspire each other.
Johan is an endorser of Selmer Paris saxophones.
The Series III Soprano ensures greater playability, particularly as regards pitch and blowing.
The blowing emission of its high register extended to high G has been largely facilitated. Selecting a straight or curved neck allows to get well acquainted with it.
It is the success of the famous Mark VI model that has widely inspired the design of the Alto Reference. Capable of giving an ample sound while keeping its roundness, characteristic of the historic models. It is a model which combines acoustic tradition and modern manufacturing. It is equipped with a bell slightly longer to open the low notes and produce a better tuning.
The 'Series III' Tenor has marked, when released in 1997, an actual revival of the great playing flexibility of the old models. This gives it an ease of playing very much appreciated by saxophonists of all levels.
Developed in collaboration with Gilles Tressos (Quatuor Hanabera), the 'Series III' baritone is a very well tuned instrument, rich in overtones, consistent over the whole register with fluid transfers.
This instrument with a warm tone 'unfolds' a centered, flexible and subtle sound, which suits each type of repertoire in the lineage of the 'Series III' saxophones.
Its perfectly mastered ergonomics gives an impression of stupendous agility unique to the baritone. It weighs 300 grammes less than the 'Series II'.
This pioneering bi-material mouthpiece with its unique acoustic and sound properties testifies to Henri SELMER Paris’ evergrowing desire to improve its products. The golden metal ring lines the entire bore and allows for a denser, fuller sound with increased projection. The acoustic performance of this new alto saxophone mouthpiece signed “Claude Delangle” will charm saxophone players and audience members alike.