Anja Linder

Anja Linder was raised in an artist family. At the age of 9 she started playing the harp. She studied at the conservatory in Strasbourg with harpist Pierre-Michel Vigneau. She won the first prize at the international chamber music competition in Arles in 1999, together with soprano Nathalie Gaudefroy.

In July 2001 there was a big drama. Anja attended a concert in a castle garden in Strasbourg. Because of a sudden thunderstorm a large 40-meter high plane fell into the audience. Anja was also hit and was paralyzed by both her legs. Her world collapsed when she realized she could no longer play a pedal harp. A long rehabilitation period followed. She received advice that she did not want to hear at all, such as “you have to look for another job” and “you just have to play another instrument”. She went against all advice and fought to play again. She has received help from Jean Marie Paterne and Marc Lamoureux. Together they have come up with an automatic harp so she could play again. The development process took two years and they encountered various difficulties. But in the end the result was very satisfactory. It has become an electro pneumatic harp which is controlled by a computer: the Anjamatic.

In 2010, Anja was awarded by the prestigious “Banque Populaire” foundation, as one of the favorites at the chamber music festival “Musicales de Bagatelle”. With the expressiveness of her playing, her radiant personality and her exceptional career, Anja Linder is one of the most charismatic and popular harpists of her generation.

Picture made by Fiona Torre.