Pierre van der Linden

Pierre van der Linden (born 19 February 1946) is a Dutch drummer, songwriter and member of the band, Focus.[1]

Pierre van der Linden
Pierre van der Linden in 2012
Pierre van der Linden in 2012
Background information
Birth namePierre van der Linden
Born (1946-02-19) 19 February 1946 (age 74)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Years active1967–present
Associated acts


Van der Linden was influenced by his childhood hero Buddy Rich. He finds inspiration in French philosophers and classical composers of the twentieth century. For drumming, he is influenced by Tony Williams and Elvin Jones.[2] Van der Linden practises his drumming technique each day, at least one hour on his practise pad.[2] He avoids modern tuning and prefers to use open tuning, closer to a jazz than a rock drummer, and adopts a mix of matched grip and traditional grip.[2] Away from music, van der Linden enjoys painting and writing poetry.[2]

In the 1990s he joined the free jazz group Advance Warning and played on four albums: Cut the Crap, Regroovable, Hot House, and HiFi Apartment.[2] He also recorded in a trio with organist Herbert Noord and tenor saxophonist Rinus Groeneveld, and rated the album Dare to Be Different as one that he was particularly proud to play on.[2]


  • Swung Vol. 1 & 2 (2014)
  • Drum Poetry (2017)


  1. ^ AllMusic Focus Biography
  2. ^ a b c d e f Micallef, Ken. "Portraits: Pierre van der Linden". Modern Drummer. Retrieved 23 November 2018.