Judith Linsenberg, recorder  

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JL2003Judith Linsenberg is one of the leading exponents of the recorder in the United States. She has been hailed for her “virtuosity” (Washington Post), “expressivity” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer), "fearless playing" (SF Classical Voice), and combination of “masterly control with risk-taking spontaneity” (Early Music). She has performed extensively throughout the US and Europe, including solo appearances at the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center; and has been featured with such leading American ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco and Los Angeles Operas, the LA Chamber Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, the Portland, Seattle, and Los Angeles Baroque Orchestras, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, the Oregon and Carmel Bach Festivals, Musica Sacra of New York, Musica Angelica of Los Angeles, and others. She is the winner of national performance awards, and has premiered several pieces for the recorder, including a new work commissioned by her and the US premieres of works by Vivaldi and Telemann. She was awarded artist residencies at the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, in Otis, OR for 2008 and 2012; and in September 2011, she was a featured performer/teacher at the prestigious Montreal Recorder Festival.

Musica Pacifica Ms. Linsenberg is Artistic Director of the Baroque ensemble, Musica Pacifica, whose performances and eight recordings on the Virgin Classics, Dorian, and Solimar labels have received international acclaim and several awards, causing the ensemble to be described by the press as "some of the finest baroque musicians in America" (American Record Guide) and “among the best in the world" (Alte Musik Aktuell).

Judith Linsenberg can also be heard on the harmonia mundi usa, Koch International, Sono Luminus, Reference Recordings, Musical Heritage Society, Drag City Records (with Joanna Newsom), and Hännsler Classics labels. A Fulbright scholar to Austria, she was awarded the Soloist Diploma with Highest Honors from the Vienna Academy of Music. Her teachers have included Frans Brüggen, Marion Verbruggen, Walter van Hauwe, and Hans Maria Kneihs. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, holds a doctorate in early music from Stanford University, and has been a visiting professor at the Vienna Conservatory and Indiana University's Early Music Institute in Bloomington. She has taught at Stanford, the San Francisco Conservatory, and at numerous early music and recorder workshops throughout the North America.