Johan van der Linden graduated in 1983 as a Performing Musician for Saxophone with Ed Boogaard at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. He has done master classes with, Iwan Roth, Daniel Defayet, Frederik Hemke, Francois Daneels.

In 1982 he founded the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet together with his colleagues André Arends, Arno Bornkamp and Willem van Merwijk. This Saxophone Quartet has grown into one of the leading chamber music ensembles in the world. The Aurelia Quartet has recorded 9 CDs and has made many foreign tours to Ireland, Germany, Canada, Indonesia, America and Japan. In 2013 Johan left the quartet after 31 years. From 1982 to 1990 Johan van der Linden was appointed Saxophonist of the Royal Military Chapel in The Hague.

Johan works as a principal subject teacher of saxophone at the ArtEZ Conservatory and the Conservatory of Utrecht (HKU) and as a freelance saxophonist with: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a core member of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble (

He is also an international soloist and masterclass teacher at many festivals and conservatories around the world.

He is a professor of saxophone in Utrecht and Zwolle.

In addition to the busy playing and teaching practice and masterclasses all over the world, Johan is also involved in the development of new repertoire as a composer and arranger at the publishers Molenaar Edition, Donemus, Tierolff edition and G.M.F.

He has a duo with pianist Henry Kelder, which focuses on new music written especially for the duo, hosted by Matching Arts (

Johan is co-owner of Splendor Amsterdam, the place where artists and the public inspire each other ( Johan is a Rousseau Mouthpiece Artist and an endorser of Selmer Saxophones, Silverstein, and D’addario Reeds.

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