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Linike, family of German musicians:

(1) Ephraim Linike, violinist; b. 1665; d. Berlin (buried), Dec. 24, 1726. He became a violinist in the electoral chapel in Berlin in 1690, where he was a royal chamber musician (1701–04) and then in Schwedt (1704–11). Subsequently he returned to Berlin.

(2) Christian Bernhard Linike, cellist; b. June 3, 1673; d. Cöthen (buried), Jan. 3, 1751. He was a cellist and chamber musician in Berlin until the court chapel disbanded in 1713. He then became a member of the chapel of the Margrave Christian Ludwig of Cöthen where he was associated with J.S. Bach and C.F. Abel.

(3) Johann Georg Linike, violinist and composer; b. c. 1680; d. Hamburg, after 1737. He received training from Johann Theile in Berlin. By 1710 he was second violinist in the court chapel there. After it was disbanded in 1713, he went to the Weissenf eis court as director of music. In 1725 he became first violinist in the orch. of the Hamburg Opera. Among his works were a Concerto for Harpsichord, Violin, and Strings, 3 concertos for Flute, Violin, Viola, and Basso Continuo, sonatas, and cantatas.

—Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire