Biography of Jaap ter Linden
As one of the first early music specialists, Jaap ter Linden witnessed the very beginnings
of many of the oldest and finest baroque ensembles as co-founder of Musica da Camera
and principal cellist of Musica Antiqua Köln, The English Concert and the Amsterdam
Baroque Orchestra. From these auspicious beginnings, he moved further into the
spotlight, either playing solo concerts and intimate ensemble repertoire with the world's
finest interpreters or at the helm of an orchestra as conductor.
He founded and directs the Mozart Akademie (with which he has recorded the complete
Mozart symphonies) and is a regular guest director and soloist with the Arion Ensemble
(Canada). He has led many period instrument orchestras such as the San Francisco
Philharmonia Baroque, Portland Baroque and Amsterdam Bachsoloists and has lent his
expertise to modern ensembles such as the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Deutsche
His extensive discography as player and conductor boasts many award-winning
recordings for labels such as Harmonia Mundi, Archiv, ECM, Deutsche Grammophon
and more recently Brilliant Classics. In 2006, Jaap released his second recording of the
Bach Cello Suites.
Most recently, Jaap has dived into the world of opera, conducting Purcelli's King Arthur
with the Städtische Bühne Münster and Gluck's Iphigénie en Aulide with the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.
In 2013 he finally will make his wish come true, with David Breitman he will record the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven!