" Rudy's intelligent playing represents the kind of import Americans should be buying."
The Philadelphie Inquirer
"Linka demonstrated confidence, clarity, and near-perfect balance of tasty "in-ness" and twisty "out-ness". Like Jim Hall meets John Scofield."
Down Beat magazine
".....taste and tension cohabit easily in Rudy's music and the pretty never dominates the powerful "
Rudy Linka composer/jazz guitarist/bandleader/artistic director
born 1960 Prague, Czech Republic , Rudy started to play violin at the age of five and switched to classical guitar nine years later.
He moved to Sweden in 1980 where he studied at Stockholm Music Institute. In 1985 he was awarded the Jim Hall fellowship at Berklee College of music in Boston and later moved to New York to study at The New School and privately with Jim Hall, John Abercrombie and John Scofield.
Rudy has performed and/or recorded with such artist as Red Mitchell, Gil Goldstein, Bob Mintzer, Paul Motian and many others.
He has released 15 albums ( Enja, Timeless, Universal, Sony/BMG, Quinton), has been voted as one of the ten best jazz guitarists by readers of DownBeat magazine and performs with his own group around the world.
Rudy is the founder and artistic director of the international festival Bohemia Jazz Fest.
Rudy is a Mesa Boogie amps and Thomastik Infeld strings endorsed artist.