Dr. Linda Hedlund received her first violin lessons with the age of five. She received a scholarship to study at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with prof. Sergei Kravtchenko (1995-1996) and continued her studies at the University for Music and performing Arts in Vienna with prof. Rainer Küchl. She also studied in Berlin (Hochschule der Künste) with prof. Uwe-Martin Haiberg (2001) and has participated at master classes with a.o. prof. Mi-Kyung Lee, prof. Endre Wolf, prof. Mikhail Kopelman (Borodin Quartet), prof. Günther Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet), prof. Nachum Erlich, prof. Yair Kless and Schlomo Mintz. She also studied chamber music in Vienna with Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartet) for several years.
In 2002 Linda Hedlund was graduated in Vienna (University of Music and performing Arts) and has since earned a Doctor of Music degree in violin performance from the Sibelius-Academy, where she also worked as university assistant during her time as a student. Her academic work has been generously supported by a.o. the Victoria foundation (2008-2011) and the Swedish society of literature in Finland (2010 and 2012).
Dr. Hedlund has been successful in various competitions and has worked as first concertmaster a.o. at the Pacific Music Festival Japan (1999) with Michael Tilson Thomas and with Tapiola Sinfonietta (2004). She has appeared as leader/soloist with Sinfonia da Camera Finlandia, the Austrian Chamber Orchestra and various recording projects.
Performing internationally as soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Hedlund has partnered with a.o. principal players of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, cellist Steven Isserlis, and pianist prof. Oliver Kern for chamber music. She has also performed with some distinguished singers like Karita Mattila and Camilla Nylund, and has worked as soloist with a.o. conductors Anna-Maria Helsing, Mikk Murdvee, Nazanin Aghakhani, Klaus Rautawaara, Ylermi Poijärvi, Esa Heikkilä, Shardad Rohani, Maurizio Colasanti and Rengim Gökmen.
Dr. Hedlund has performed successfully as soloist and chamber musician at many prestigious festivals including Helsinki Festival (Finland), Musica Nova (Helsinki), Grafenegg Festival (Austria), Honart Festival Konzerthaus Wien and in Carnegie Hall, New York. Her performances have also been broadcasted on radio and TV in Finland (Yle), Radio Classic, Czech Republic (Radio Free Europe), in Austria (ORF) and in the US (WFMT).
She founded the Emäsalo Music Festival in 2007, taking place each summer in southern Finland.
On her acclaimed debut CD (issued under the Finnish label Fuga in 2008) she collaborated with pianist Oliver Kern in sonatas by Franck, Saint-Saëns and Debussy. Another CD (with guitarist Otto Tolonen) was released 2011 by Classic Concert Music Group, Salzburg.
In addition to her career as a performing artist, Dr. Hedlund has continued her academic career in the United States, as visiting lecturer at University of Hawai’i and is also teaching master classes in a.o. USA and Asia.
Linda Hedlund Discography
Orange Mountain Music, 2009
Philip Glass: “A Madrigal Opera” for violin, viola & 6 voices
Fuga Records, 2008
Camille Saint-Saëns, Claude Debussy, César Franck Sonatas for violin and piano
Linda Hedlund, violin – Oliver Kern, piano
Nedai Records, 2005 (Live CD)
Franz Schubert: “The Trout” Piano Quintet “Das Forellenquintett” A major Op. Post. 114
Oliver Kern piano