The passionate artistry of violinist Linda Melsted has won the hearts of audiences across North America, Europe, and Japan. Currently concertmaster of Seattle Baroque Orchestra, she has appeared as soloist, member, and leader of many outstanding ensembles, including Tafelmusik, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Pacific MusicWorks, Philharmonia Baroque, and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Linda is the featured soloist in Tafelmusik’s documentary “Le Mozart Noir”, and has recorded for Sony, ATMA, Classique, CBC, and Harmonia Mundi. She has performed with many ensembles in chamber music series from Toronto to Seattle including Early Music Vancouver, Camerata Musica, Folia, Discovery Island Music Festival, La Primavera, and Toronto Music Garden.
She is a founding member of numerous chamber ensembles including The Così Quartet (a classical oboe quartet), La Modestine (a Baroque quartet based in Vancouver B.C.), and Salish Sea Players, a group dedicated to bringing early music to retirement and nursing facilities in the greater Seattle area. Working with adult amateurs is one of Linda’s favorite activities and she happily coaches students at her home and at various chamber music festivals. Linda performs on a Nicolo Amati violin.