Peter Kooy

Biography

Born: September 17, 1954; Soest, Germany  
Peter Kooy is a bass singer whose focus has primarily been on works from the Baroque era, particularly the cantatas and Passions of J.S. Bach. He has appeared in concert and on recordings with many of the leading conductors in the field of Baroque music, including Philippe Herreweghe, Roger Norrington, Frans Brüggen and Gustav Leonhardt.

Kooy (also Kooij) was born on September 17, 1954 in Soest, Holland. He exhibited musical talent in
Read more his early childhood and by age six was singing treble in a choir led by his father. His attractive voice drew attention and soon he was appearing in concerts and on recordings. Despite his vocal proclivities his first serious music studies were on the violin, and he eventually enrolled in the Utrecht Conservatory to pursue advanced training on the instrument. In 1977, however, he entered Amsterdam's Sweelinck Conservatory, where he studied voice with Max von Egmond.

He graduated in 1980 from the Conservatory and soon established his career as a bass singer. From about 1990 Kooy's activity in the recording studio has been heavy, resulting in numerous recordings -- many of Bach's cantatas, most of which have been released on Harmonia Mundi and Bis Records. While his repertory included much Bach, he also sang music by many other Baroque composers, including Schütz and Charpentier, as well as works from later composers, like Mozart and Fauré, and even Kurt Weill.

In 1991, with his concert career also in full swing, Kooy joined the faculty at Sweelinck Conservatory to serve as professor of singing. He taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany, from 1995 to 1998.

Kooy left the Sweelinck Conservatory in 2000, but accepted a post that same year as professor of singing at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. He also remained active in the new century concertizing, recording and conducting master classes in singing in France, Germany, Spain and other European countries. Kooy has made over a hundred recordings, his labels including (besides Harmonia Mundi and Bis) Sony Classics, Philips, EMI and Erato. Read less
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    Gilles: Requiem / Herreweghe, Mellon, Crook, Chapelle Royale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501341 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Gilles
    Performer:  Agnès Mellon,  Howard Crook,  Hervé Lamy,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris
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    Purcell: Funeral Sentences, Hail Bright Cecilia / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 508462 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Patrizia Kwella,  Kai Wessel,  Tessa Bonner,  William Kendall  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Ghent Collegium Vocale Orchestra,  Collegium Vocale
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    Bach: Ich Elender Mensch - Leipzig Cantatas
    Label: Phi   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Schelle
    Performer:  Dorothee Mields,  Thomas Hobbs,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale
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    Bach: Motets / Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951231 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Howard Crook,  Vincent Darras,  Agnès [Soprano Vocal] Mellon,  Greta de Reyghère  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale
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    Bach: Cantatas Vol 55 - Nos 30, 69, 191 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2031 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Hana Blazikova,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 54 - Nos. 14, 100, 197, 197a / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2021 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Damien Guillon,  Hana Blazikova,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059508 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Kooy,  Damien Guillon,  Thomas Hobbs,  Dorothee Mields
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale
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    Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059504 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dorothee Mields,  Thomas Hobbs,  Damien Guillon,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale
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    Purcell: Close Thine Eyes / Klisowska, Kooij
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33931 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  John Banister,  Anthony Poole,  Gottfried Finger
    Performer:  Cristiano Contadin,  Peter Kooy,  Lorenzo Feder,  Joanna Klisowska
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    Bach: St. Matthew Passion / De Mey, Kooy, Schlick, Wessel, Pregardien, Mertens, Koopman
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 46751 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Barbara Schlick,  Guy de Mey,  Christoph Prégardien,  Peter Kooy  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Cappella Breda,  Netherlands Bach Boys' Choir
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    Bach: Cantatas  Vol  53 / Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1991 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Hana Blazikova,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 52 / Suzuki, Kooij, Turk, Blaze, Blažikova, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1981 Release Date: 12/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Hana Blazikova,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Ach Susser Trost! - Leipzig Cantatas / Herreweghe, Ghent Collegium Vocale
    Label: Phi   Catalog: 6 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hana Blazikova,  Damien Guillon,  Thomas Hobbs,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale
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    Bach: Cantatas Vol 51 / Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1961 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Damien Guillon,  Hana Blazikova,  Christoph Genz,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Schutz: Psalms Of David, Christmas & Easter Historias / Bernius, Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 796450 Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz
    Performer:  David Cordier,  Peter Kooy,  Gerd Türk,  Mona Spägele  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius,  Roland Wilson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Choir,  Cologne Musica Fiata,  Stuttgart Baroque Ensemble  ... 
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    Bach: Cantatas Bwv 27, 34, 41, 56, 82, 206, 207a, Motets
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 976758 Release Date: 03/06/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christoph Prégardien,  Peter Kooy,  Ruth Ziesak,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Choir,  Concerto Cologne,  Tölz Boys Choir  ... 
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    Mein Herz Ist Bereit / Peter Kooij, Cordarte
    Label: Pan Classics   Catalog: 10211 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Tunder,  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Johann Rosenmüller,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Kooy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordearte
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    Bach: Cantatas Vol 50 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1941 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hana Blazikova,  Robin Blaze,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 19.
    Choral Works - Bach, Biber, Brahms, Faure, Krenek, Mahler, Monteverdi
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908520 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Brett,  Ingrid Schmithüsen,  Peter Kooy,  Howard Crook  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Marcus Creed,  Kent Nagano,  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  Musique Oblique,  Les Petits Chanteurs de St. Louis  ... 
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    Bach: Cantatas Vol 49 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1891 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Rachel Nicholls,  Robin Blaze,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: St. Matthew Passion; Mass In B Minor / Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 673616 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Barbara Schlick,  Guy de Mey,  Christoph Prégardien,  Peter Kooy  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Cappella Breda,  Netherlands Bach Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Bach: Motets Bwv 225-230 / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent
    Label: Phi   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Maria [Soprano Vocals] Keohare,  Zsuzsi Toth,  Robin Blaze,  Stephan Macleod  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
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    Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 96334 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Barbara Schlick,  Michael Chance,  Howard Crook,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
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    Bach: Cantatas Vol 48 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1881 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Satoshi Mizukoshi,  Peter Kooy,  Hana Blazikova
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Advent & Christmas Cantatas / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 5908369 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Kooy,  Sibylla Rubens,  Christoph Prégardien,  Sarah Connolly  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
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