Linda Binder, violinist and mandolinist, freelances and performs regularly with several ensembles in the Milwaukee / Chicago area.
Linda plays violin and mandolin with singer songwriter Steve Smith, and multi-instrumentalist Mark Truesdell as Smith & Binder, performing jazz standards, as well as originals by Steve Smith. Linda plays mandolin and mandola with The Lake Mandolin Quartet and performs actively on bandolim, a Brazilian style mandolin, in Chicago, and with Milwaukee based choro group Toco Rio. An avid improvisor, Linda performs, and records freely improvised music on the viola d’amore, and waterphone in the duo PaVda with renowned musician, artist, and instrument maker Hal Rammel, and plays electric and acoustic violin with area experimental music groups, including the Once Now Ensemble, and trio Code Name: Magenta.
In recent years she has performed on classical mandolin with the Chicago Symphony at Symphony Hall in Chicago under Riccardo Muti, and at NYC’s Carnegie Hall, as well as performing chamber music at the Metropolitan Art Museum and Barge Music in NYC. She directed the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra, the nation’s oldest fretted instrument group for six years, and premiered contemporary music with the Milwaukee based ensemble Present Music. After playing for several years in Nebraska with the Omaha Symphony, Lincoln Symphony, and Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, she moved to NYC where she studied violin with Todd Phillips of the Orion String Quartet and performed regularly with several orchestras and opera companies, including Brooklyn Lyric Opera, Bronx Symphony, the Bronx Opera Company, and the Westchester Symphony. She continues to play classical violin with chamber groups, and orchestras in Milwaukee, including the Festival City Symphony and wedding and events quartets.