Linda Arnoldus

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Saxophonist, Performer, Teacher

Linda Arnoldus, born in a small town in the middle of Holland, started playing the saxophone at the age of ten at the local music school.

After she finished High School she started her classical saxophone study at the Conservatory in Enschede, in the east of Holland, with Arno Bornkamp. In 1997 she gained the degree for teaching the saxophone. Then, after a study of two more years with Johan van der Linden, she got her master degree.

During her study she attended master classes with Jean-Marie Londeix, Iwan Roth, John-Edward Kelly, Guy Goethals, Ryo Noda and Nobuya Sugawa.

Since june 2000 Linda is employed as a saxophone player in the Dutch army. At first as a soprano saxophone player with the “Band of the Mounted Arms”, then as a tenor saxophone player with the “Royal Army Band” and nowadays with the “Royal Dutch Army Police Band”. Also as a soprano player she is connected to the “Gelders Fanfare Band” and she played for six years the tenor saxophone in the “Dutch National Symphonic Youth Wind Band” by which she made several tours through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Hungary and Japan.

She also joined several symphonic orchestras in Holland among which The “Residence Orchestra”, the “Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestra”, the “Dutch Wind Ensemble” and also several wind bands all over Holland.

As a saxophone soloist she played a lot of solo saxophone pieces, such as Concerto by Bernard van Beurden, Concertino by Jerry Bilik and Concertino by Paul Harvey. During the 2003 summer tour of the “Dutch National Youth Symphonic Wind Band” conducted by Alex Schillings, she played the Soprano Saxophone Concerto by Aldo Rafael Forte in the Netherlands, Germany, Switserland en Austria and made the world premiere recording of this piece on this CD.

Linda is also very active in the field of chamber music. During her study she formed with three fellow sudents the “Helikon Saxophone Quartet” in which she played the alto saxophone. The quartet has given many concerts in several foreign countries and won various prices at chamber music competitions since the establishment of the quartet in 1994. The HSQ was also laureate of the International Chamber Music Contest in Poland. In the autumn of 1997 Linda made a concert tour with the HSQ through The United States and afterwards they studied for three months at "The Banff Centre for the Arts" in Canada.

At this moment she plays the soprano saxophone in the “InterSAXion Saxophone Quartet” and they are busy recording their first CD.

As a saxophone teacher she is connected to several wind bands en she runs a private music practise in which she tries to pass through her enthusiasm for the saxophone on her students.

This year she founded her own saxophone orchestra “SaxoPhonic” with several of her advanced students.