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Ton
Koopman

Conductor

Together with his teacher Gustav Leonhardt and Frans Brüggen, Ton Koopman laid the foundation for the rich early music tradition which has earned the Netherlands international renown. As an organist, harpsichordist, conductor and researcher, Koopman has increasingly devoted himself to Johann Sebastian Bach, the epicentre of Koopman’s life and work. Yet it is also thanks to Koopman’s efforts that Dietrich Buxtehude, too, has been restored to his rightful place in music history.

Ton Koopman studied organ, harpsichord and musicology in Amsterdam. Because of his remarkable accomplishments as an organist and harpsichordist, he was awarded the Prix d’excellence for both instruments.

Koopman founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in 1979, followed by the Amsterdam Baroque Choir in 1992. Combined as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, the ensemble soon gained international fame as a leading period instrument ensemble.

From 1994 to 2004, Koopman undertook a mammoth project with his choir and orchestra, performing and recording all extant Bach cantatas. This unique project won him various awards, including an Echo Klassik. In 2004, Koopman was the very first recipient of the Classical Music Prize of the Association of Dutch Theatres and Concert Hall Management Boards (VSCD). In 2017, he was awarded the Edison Oeuvreprijs (lifetime achievement award). Koopman has taught at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague for over twenty-five years, is professor emeritus at Leiden University, is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and serves as artistic director of the French festival Itinéraire Baroque. In May 2019, he was appointed president of the Leipzig Bach Archive.

Koopman makes frequent guest appearances leading the world’s very best orchestras. He made his Concertgebouworkest debut in 1991 and has returned to lead the orchestra several times since – most recently in a March 2018 production of Bach’s St Matthew Passion.

 

 

Together with his teacher Gustav Leonhardt and Frans Brüggen, Ton Koopman laid the foundation for the rich early music tradition which has earned the Netherlands international renown. As an organist, harpsichordist, conductor and researcher, Koopman has increasingly devoted himself to Johann Sebastian Bach, the epicentre of Koopman’s life and work. Yet it is also thanks to Koopman’s efforts that Dietrich Buxtehude, too, has been restored to his rightful place in music history.

Ton Koopman studied organ, harpsichord and musicology in Amsterdam. Because of his remarkable accomplishments as an organist and harpsichordist, he was awarded the Prix d’excellence for both instruments.

Koopman founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in 1979, followed by the Amsterdam Baroque Choir in 1992. Combined as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, the ensemble soon gained international fame as a leading period instrument ensemble.

From 1994 to 2004, Koopman undertook a mammoth project with his choir and orchestra, performing and recording all extant Bach cantatas. This unique project won him various awards, including an Echo Klassik. In 2004, Koopman was the very first recipient of the Classical Music Prize of the Association of Dutch Theatres and Concert Hall Management Boards (VSCD). In 2017, he was awarded the Edison Oeuvreprijs (lifetime achievement award). Koopman has taught at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague for over twenty-five years, is professor emeritus at Leiden University, is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and serves as artistic director of the French festival Itinéraire Baroque. In May 2019, he was appointed president of the Leipzig Bach Archive.

Koopman makes frequent guest appearances leading the world’s very best orchestras. He made his Concertgebouworkest debut in 1991 and has returned to lead the orchestra several times since – most recently in a March 2018 production of Bach’s St Matthew Passion.