Jaap ter Linden, cellist, gambist and conductor, has a long history in the historical performance world. His many tours have taken him throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the United States, often with only the music of Bach in his backpack.

As conductor, he has worked with ensembles such as the Handel and Haydn Society,
Philharmonia, Portland and Lyra Baroque; Arion and Tafelmusik; the Wroclaw Symfonie in Poland; Bordeaux Opera in France, and many others, performing repertoire from the 18th and 19th centuries, from Purcell to Mendelssohn and Schubert.

He has numerous recordings to his name, notably the Bach cello suites, which he has recorded twice. His latest recording, the complete sonatas for cello and piano by Beethoven, with David Breitman, are to be released this year. With his Mozart Akademie in Amsterdam he recorded the complete Mozart symphonies, to great acclaim.

He finished many years of teaching at the Royal Conservatory Den Haag in 2016, when he moved to the United States.