Katarina Van Der Linden
Katarina comes from Slovenia, a tiny European country, surrounded by Alps and Adriatic Sea. She’s recently moved to Australia, where she met the love of her life back in 2001 and in December 2015 she finally made a lifetime decision – moving to the other side of the world.
She’s been singing and playing instruments all her life. She was performing with her family’s singing quartet (mum, dad and her younger brother) for over 20 years, singing traditional Slovenian folk music, accompanied by the zither and harmonica, mostly in Europe and in Australia. Together they recorded five albums. She also featured on her dad’s solo albums as a singer.
Her first instrument was a violin, but at the age of 9 she discovered her true love – the piano. She attended Music High School in Velenje, majoring in piano and saxophone. Her mentors were Oto Vrhovnik (AUT), Arno Bornkamp (NL), Igor Lumpert (USA), Lev Pupis (SLO), Jaka Pucihar (SLO), Konstantin Bogino (RUS) etc. She studied music pedagogy at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana and graduated in 2010.
Back in 2001 she and her brother formed a rock band and ended up recording three of their own songs. Katarina is also a songwriter. She’s written material for various Slovenian bands and choirs. She also writes poetry, both in Slovenian and English. Her work was published in Slovenia in 2001 and 2015.
She’s been teaching children aged 3-18 for the past 12 years. She’s also a proud mum to her 8-year old son. Before she immigrated to Australia, she was teaching music theory, piano, saxophone, harmonica, recorder, choir singing and Orff methodology at the Rudolf Maister High School in Kamnik, Slovenia. Her students were studying to become pre-school teachers.
She chose Mini Maestros because she’s eager to continue her teaching journey. Her goal is to encourage and inspire younger generations to love and cherish music the way she does.