Linda Nessel was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and studied piano and theory at Alberta College. She began her professional career in Hawaii, and supplemented her musical activity with modern dance training and theatre. A highlight of this period was participating as a performer at the first National Organization of Women's Music Festival in Honolulu.
Briefly returning to Edmonton, she completed further studies at Grant MacEwan Community College as a piano performance major. Subsequently, she moved to Toronto, and for several years worked as a free-lance solo pianist/singer and dance accompanist, composing music for dance and film, including the score for a Genie-nominated animated short,“Tako/Kite.”
From 1992-97, Ms. Nessel resumed her education at Simon Fraser University and completed her Bachelor’s and Master of Fine Arts degrees, studying composition with Rodney Sharman, David MacIntyre, Owen Underhill, and Rudolph Komorous.
Her concert works have been been performed at Pro Musica’s annual "Sonic Boom Festival" at the Western Front, at the Vancouver New Music Festival (1996 and 2000), and at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts “20th Anniversary Concert Series.”
She has also composed music for “Best of Black Box,” at the Alexander Centre; an original score for the Federico García Lorca tragedy, "Yerma;" sound design for the Naomi Wallace play, “One Flea Spare,”and works commissioned by choreographers Lisa Naugle ("Falling Out") and Ruth Baines, ("SWF...obo"), the latter performed at several western Canadian Fringe Festivals.
An orchestral work, "In Limine" (commissioned by Music Canada Musique 2000) was inspired by music and text of Hildegard von Bingen, and premiered with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and mezzo-soprano Mariateresa Magisano.
Linda is currently active as a music teacher, composer, and accompanist.