Linda Kobler was a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York and has recorded two commercial CDs which won critical praise in America and abroad. She has concertized in the U.S., Europe, and Canada, and has been concerto soloist with such major ensembles as the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Bach Gesellschaft, and New York City's "Y" Chamber Orchestra under Gerard Schwarz. She has played with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center and the Tafelmusik chamber ensemble.

Equally at home at the harpsichord and piano, her repertoire spans five centuries. An Early Music specialist, her first CD featured 18th century French music never before recorded. Her second CD won the prestigious Noah Greenberg Award of the American Musicological Society. As a strong proponent of contemporary music on both harpsichord and piano, Linda Kobler has premiered over a dozen solo and chamber works. She has had solo works written for her by Vincent Persichetti, Albert Glinsky, David Borden, and the Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. She has worked with composers such as Elliot Carter (playing his Piano Sonata at Alice Tully Hall), Roger Sessions (playing From My Diary at the composer's 80th Birthday Tribute at Lincoln Center), John Cage (HPSCHD at Symphony Space in Manhattan), and John Rutter (with the composer conducting, at Carnegie Hall).

CONCERT REVIEWS

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CONCERT REVIEWS
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"A young artist of the first rank…"
--The Indianapolis News

"Kobler played with a sense of stylistic distinction… she achieved both a beautiful, flowing line and an infectious rhythmic incisiveness…"
--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A splendid harpsichordist…"
--The New York Times (Tim Page)

"Ms. Kobler played Bach's Prelude, Fugue and Allegro inventively, adding color to the fugue by switching manuals at section breaks and ripping
through the Allegro at a breathtaking clip."

--The New York Times (Allan Kozinn)

"Linda Kobler's harpsichord concert at Carnegie Recital Hall Thursday was a pleasure to hear. She showed such mastery of rhythmic articulation,
and such zest for the drama of ornament and the interplay of sound and silence, that her instrument's inherent narrowness of expressive
possibilities in other areas (which sometimes inhibit its appeal to a generalist audience) can hardly have been felt. Her style contrasted a fine
improvisational feeling with an at times almost fierce dynamic of tension and release. (Her pauses, even between one piece and another, had the
quality of coiled spring; part of the effect was visual, a matter of stage presence, but it could be sensed in the way she suspended and resumed
phrases even when one listened with eyes closed."

--The New York Times (Will Crutchfield)

"She demonstrated all that a good harpsichord player can bring to this instrument. The audience was particularly enthusiastic after these 'fireworks."
--Zuger Tagblatt (Switzerland)

"Linda Kobler's performance of Haydn's Concerto in G Major was a treat. An accomplished and relaxed performer, Kobler's interpretation was solid,
entertaining, and much appreciated by the audience."

--The Bangor Review (Bangor, Maine)

"Kobler's performance [of English Suite No. 3] was an ennobling experience. Her rhythmic elasticity in the Allemande gave a satisfying sense of quiet
urgency, and led to majestically flowing confidence in the Courante. Her Sarabande made the most of stately chromatic complexities, and the mildly
ornamented Gavottes were consistently charming. A robust, driving pulse in the Gigue ended the Bach with graceful command… a splendidly engaging reading."

--The News and Courier of Charleston (Piccolo Spoleto Festival)

"The gay, unburdened Rondo afforded the soloist ample opportunity for glistening scales and solo cadenzas. The performance was airy and relaxed, and the
accord between soloist and orchestra impressive. The audience was carried away enthusiastically and forced the repetition of the final movement."

--Zurich Bieter (Switzerland)

"Even he who disapproves of Mozart interpreted on the harpsichord had to recognize that Linda Kobler elicited from her instrument an impressive version
of the Sonata which caused one to almost forget that the harpsichord cannot produce dynamics."

--Stuttgart Mitteilungsblatt (Germany)

"The highlight of the concert was a stunning performance by harpsichordist Linda Kobler of three lively pieces by Pancrace Royer."
--The San Diego Union

"…brilliant execution…"
--New York Tribune

"Brilliant Harpsichord Concert with Linda Kobler (headline). The concert with harpsichordist Linda Kobler is to be rated as a musical happening.
Her playing left behind a lasting impression and inspired the audience… played with temperament and virtuosity."

--Luzerner Neuste Nachrichten

"Thus Can Harpsichord Playing be Gripping (headline). Harpsichord solo concerts can easily become a boring, dry, academic affair. Not so at the
harpsichord concert which Linda Kobler, a resident of New York, gave on Saturday evening. Linda Kobler, in whose veins flows Spanish blood,
turned out to be a veritable bundle of temperament, reflecting an enrapturing, always spontaneous music making."

--Luzerner Tagblatt (Switzerland)

"Her masterly sparkling or singing rendition of the harpsichord part [Bach d minor Concerto] was delicately sustained by the attentive orchestra.
The beautiful simplicity of Miss Kobler's interpretation of the chanting and enchanting slow movement was enhanced by a fine balance of the orchestra."

--The Enterprise (Cape Cod, MA)

"The quiet delicate tones of the harpsichord sounded clearly throughout the hall, demanding, and receiving total concentration from the audience.
Kobler plays beautifully, and makes her instrument sing in the lyric passages of the Adagio."

--Swiss American Review

"… New York harpsichordist Linda Kobler gave a lively, incisive performance of Franz Joseph Haydn's Concerto in D."
--Albany Times News

"[Frank Martin's Petite Symphonie Concertante, with Gerard Schwarz conducting the New York Chamber Symphony]… the excellent soloists were Susan Jolles,
harpist; Linda Kobler, harpsichordist, and John Van Buskirk, pianist."

--The New York Times (Bernard Holland)

"Kobler played the English Suite No. 3 in G minor with drive and smooth facility in the fast movements and expressive freedom in the slow ones…
the Sarabande blended detachment and melting lyricism that gave this pivotal movement its poignancy."

--Indianapolis Star

"Kobler's lengthy cadenza in the first movement [Bach Brandenburg #5] was thoughtfully and aptly baroque, replete with varied touches."
--Toronto Star

"… the Festival Music Society struck gold with the musicianship of harpsichordist Linda Kobler... played with a flair for style and beautifully executed."
--Arts Indiana

"…Sunbow, by Albert Glinsky exploited counterpoint without forgoing heart-rending song. Harpsichordist Linda Kobler served the composer well,
creating the illusion of legato with each spiraling melody."

--The Washington Post

"…she brought panache to each movement that seemed to respect the dance origins of the forms Bach employed… [two Scarlatti sonatas]: The first was laid
out in gracefully turned, delicately spaced phrases. The second, with its emphatic ornamentation, gave Kobler a chance to display her flair in music…
Brought back for several curtain calls, Kobler responded with an encore, Noblet's Bien-aimee."

--Indianapolis Star

"It gives me great pleasure to recommend Miss Linda Kobler. She is a young pianist who performs new music very well and with great artistry and conviction.
She has performed my Piano Sonata with great success and entirely to my satisfaction."

--Elliott Carter (composer)

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RECORDING REVIEWS
FRENCH HARPSICHORD MUSIC OF THE 18TH CENTURY

"...fingerbreaking virtuosity…"
--Neue Zurcher Zeitung (Switzerland)

"Not only are these pieces little known and worthy of a hearing, but their dramatic qualities find a sympathetic proponent in Kobler…
Kobler plays with a solid technique and a fitting sense of drama.
"

--Continuo Magazine (Canada)

"…Ms. Kobler plays quite dazzlingly…Ms. Kobler treads through the obstacle courses of this unusual repertoire with assurance, control, and panache.
Moreover she has supplied highly informative liner notes about the composers and their exotic musical offspring… If you have half as much fun as
I with this recording, then you will never regret owning it."

--Musical Heritage Review

SEICENTO CEMBALO

"...a must-have for anyone interested in this repertoire."
--Early Keyboard Journal

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