Johan studied classical saxophone at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam.
Did masterclasess wth Frederick Hemke, André Beun, Jean-Marie Londiex, Iwan Roth, Daniel Deffayet and François Daneels. He was primarius of the world famous Aurelia Saxophone Quartet from 1982 till 2013. For the Aurelia he wrote many arrangements and recieved many prices. In 1988, the Aurelia's won the Edison Klassiek, a prestigious price for the best CD recording of that year.
He is also a member of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. As a freelance musician he works frequently with many Dutch Orchestra'"s , Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and many others.
From 1982 till 1990 he was a member of the Royal Military Band in The Hague.
The Linden/Kelder duo is an new initiative. This duo with Henry Kelder is specialized in new music for saxophone and piano. In this perspective they organized a concourse for composers, IACC.
Together with his colleges of the Aurelia he wrote a method for saxophone . He is a freelance soloist of chamber music and professor of saxophone at the Artez Conservatory in Zwolle and Utrecht .
His music and arrangements are published by; Global Music Facilities ,Tierloff Muziekcentrale , Molenaar, Tottomusik, Donemus and Periferia Music.
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Johan is also a member of the Live/Banda and the Paradiso Orchestra.
Johan is endorser for Selmer saxophones. Silverstein Ligatures and D’Addario Reeds.
He playson Paraschos wooden necks and wearing breathtaking saxophone strap.