Patrick van der Linden is a passionate conductor and musictheorist who inspires people to make music together. He studied choral conducting, orchestral conducting and music theory at various conservatories. At the Rotterdam Conservatory he was regarded as high potential and he obtained his diplomas with distinction. As an analytically skilled and creative musician who lives life as an idealistic optimist, he constantly undertakes initiatives to transfer knowledge of music during various musical projects. This drive and passion for music is in his dna; Patrick sang in choirs from childhood and was already a choir conductor in the sixth grade of secondary school. In 2008 Patrick was the founder of Ars Musica, which grew up under his artistic leadership.
He is chief of the Ars Musica Concerchoir, Chamberchoir and Orchestra. He also founded the chamberchoir Canticum Amicorum and is active as conductor of the Zeeuws Vocaal Ensemble, the Haags Toonkunstkoor and Merwe’s Oratoriumvereniging. He loves working with and developing young musical talent. His current teaching position at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague is therefore entirely in line with his musical career. He previously taught at the Rotterdam Conservatory (2013-2018).
Patrick’s concert programs are characterized by great cohesion, surprising connections and a wide spectrum of music styles. Besides a predilection for Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, Patrick studied the musical nineteenth-century performance practice and in his programming he pays a lot of attention to repertoire after 1900. Compositions by Daan Manneke, Geerten Liefting, Dirk Zwart, Hans Lachmann and Patrick van Deurzen, among others, premiered under his baton. Because of his extensive music-historical knowledge and the inspiring way in which he conveys this, Patrick regularly gives concert introductions by invitation and provides musical presentations at companies. He is a welcome coach for conducting courses and frequently applies his expertise to chambermusic ensembles or orchestras.
Patrick is a dedicated musician, but is broadly interested: he also studied economics and likes to delve into other art forms, philosophy, (art) symbolism, history and religion.