Once Now Ensemble

Spontaneous! Unpredictable! But we listen to each other.


Linda Binder with Hal Rammel, photo by Dean Johnson

Linda Binder

Linda Binder, violinist and mandolinist, studied music and violin performance in college. Immediately following, Ms. Binder worked with the Omaha Symphony, the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller and the Metropolitan String Quartet, all based in Omaha and Lincoln, NE.

After moving to New York City Ms. Binder studied violin and chamber music performance with Todd Phillips of the Orion Quartet and the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, and performed regularly with the Bronx Symphony, Chamber Orchestra and Opera Company, the Westchester Symphony and Brooklyn Lyric Opera in addition to freelancing. She since has had lessons with, and performed in mandolin workshops with several prominent mandolinists including Carlo Aonzo, Daniel Ahlert, Radim Zenkl and Andy Statman. In October 2006 she performed in masterclasses at the jazz oriented Centrum Workshop in Washington for mandolinist Mike Marshall and bassists Edgar Meyer and John Clayton in a workshop focusing on mandolin/bass duos.


Ms. Binder has performed premieres of contemporary music with Milwaukee's Present Music ensemble and Americana music of the late 1800's and early 1900's with the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra, of which she is Music Director. She performs Brazilian music on violin and mandolin with the Chicago duo Dois no Choro, performing on their 2008 CD release Asa Branca, produced by Laughing Buddha Music, and the ten piece Orquestra de Samba, also Chicago based which was awarded a Brazilian Press Award for 2008. Ms. Binder also plays electric violin with the improvisational group Once Now Ensemble, based in Milwaukee and freelances with several area orchestras and chamber groups.