Linda Pfund Swanson

Linda Pfund Swanson began her career with the Des Moines Symphony as First Violinist of the Pioneer String Quartet in 1993. As a finalist for the position of Langroise Trio Fellow and Concertmaster, she served as Guest Concertmaster of Boise Philharmonic. Mrs. Swanson also performed in the 40th Anniversary Season of the Brittt Music Festival as Acting Principal Second Violin. In addition to the Des Moines Symphony, Mrs. Swanson was a member of the first violin section of Des Moines Metro Opera from 1993 until 2007. She has performed with the Vredenberg Trio as a faculty member of Graceland University. In addition, she taught violin at Drake University in 2002 and 2005. She has participated in Keystone, Blossom, and Sarasota Music Festivals. Mrs. Swanson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in violin performance from University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s degree in violin performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University where she studied with Concertmaster Herbert Greenberg.

Member of the Orchestra since


Most memorable experience with the Orchestra

I remember time spent visiting with musician Jim Brauninger who has passed away. He was a great encourager.

How I got started playing my instrument

When I was four years old, I spent hours listening to a record of the story of Sinbad the Salior from the Arabian Nights set to "Scheherazade" by Rimsky-Korsakov . I would sit by the record player and replay the opening violin solo over and over. It was so beautiful. That was the year I began my campaign to get a violin.

Favorite composer


Favorite solo piece

Dvorak's Romance

Other than classical music _____ is on my iPod

The Gipsy Kings