“Bach and the Lutheran Legacy” and
“Female Organists and Composers”
20-29 October, 2017

Koos van de Linde

Koos van de Linde was born in Rotterdam in 1954. After obtaining the Bachelor of Science degree in molecular sciences (physics), he studied musicology at Utrecht University and organ at the Utrecht Conservatory, where he received his master’s degree under Professor Nico van den Hooven in 1983. Beginning in 1981, he participated for more than ten years in a research project led by Jan van Biezen to document preserved elements of Dutch Renaissance organs.

The results were published in Het Nederlandse orgel in de Renaissance en Barok, in het bijzonder de school van Jan van Covelens. He has continued to investigate the scaling, voicing and technical construction of Dutch organs from the period before 1700 and the influences of Hendrik Niehoff on the Hamburg organ building tradition.

Koos van de Linde has taught organ building and history of organ music at the Antwerp Conservatory and at the Lemmens Institution at Louvain, and has served as an expert consultant in restoration and reconstruction projects for instruments such as the Van Hagerbeer organ in the Pieterskerk in Leiden, the choir organ in the Laurenskerk in Alkmaar, the organ in Ostönnen and the spring chest organ at Lemgo

In Spain, he participated in the reconstruction of the partly Gothic organ of San Pedro de los Francos at Calatayud. In Belgium, he collaborated in the construction of two new organs in the Dutch Renaissance style. He currently collaborates with the Arp-Schnitger-Institut für Orgel und Orgelbau at the University of the Arts Bremen in Germany, participates in the Schnitger Database project, and works as an independent organ researcher and consultant.