Tara Linhardt- Mandolin, Guitar, Ukulele Lessons in Westchester county, NY, Leesburg, Virginia, or online.
Local Bluegrass Performer
Tara Linhardt is an award winning multi-instrumentalist who performs on mandolin and guitar as her main instruments and also teaches mandolin, guitar, and ukulele. She has won many awards for her skills as an instrumentalist and some for songwriting. She has taken first place in such contests as The Mt. Airy Fiddler's Convention, the Maury River Fiddler's Convention, Watermelon Park Festival, and The Deer Creek Fiddler's Convention just to name a few. She also has been nominated in multiple years for Washington DC bluegrass instrumentalist of the year. She performs in her Bluegrass, Swing Jazz, Nepali, and Himalayan-Appalachian bands, as well as some others. She has performed at National Geographic, The Smithsonian Folklike Festival, The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, The 9:30 Club, and varieties of other venues, music festivals, and universities.
She does photography and video projects and is a founding and managing member of The Mountain Music Project which works with preservation, promotion and education about traditional music throughout the world, with its largest focus on the Appalachian areas of the United States and the traditional music of the Nepali Himalaya. She has presented at various venues and Universities such as National Geographic, the Rubin Museum, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Washington, DC, American University, and the Asia Society to name a few.
She has also organized events of many kinds such as the Loudoun Bluegrass Festival in Leesburg, VA for a number of years and various other musical events. Another event that she organized was the breaking of the Guinness Book World's Record for the Largest Mandolin Ensemble in the history of the World in 2012. "Tara and the Galax Fiddler's Convention Mandolin Ensemble" broke the record with 389 mandolins and played 4 tunes for a one time only concert in Galax, Virginia. She then led another attempt in 2015 to take back her title after it was given to the Greeks. She led a band of 491 mandolin players, but that attempt did not receive approval from Guinness, but was still a beautiful and momentous event. I included a clip from both the 2012 and 2015 Mandolin Ensembles.