A native of Pittsburgh, Linda Fischer was born into a family of string players. After a year of piano lessons her father, a former violist in the Pittsburgh Symphony, started her on the violin at age six. Her high school years were spent at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she served as concertmistress and soloist with the orchestra. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Music degree in violin performance with high distinction from the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, where she studied with Franco Gulli.
Prior to her appointment to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Linda performed with the Buffalo, N.Y. Philharmonic as a section player and also as a guest soloist. In the Pittsburgh area, she frequently performs in solo and chamber music recitals, and has appeared as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony at Hartwood Acres. She served as concertmistress with the Jewish Community Center Orchestra, and appeared as a soloist with that ensemble on numerous occasions. She has also appeared as a guest concertmaster with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to her musical activities, some of Linda's other passionate interests include photography, film, jazz, gardening and poetry.