Peter Kooy


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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  • 101.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 2 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 781 Release Date: 03/26/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Naoko Imai,  Peter Kooy,  Gerd Türk,  Yoshikazu Mera  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 102.
    Purcell: Anthems & Hymns / Leonhardt, Tölzer Knabenchor
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 53981 Release Date: 05/30/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Matthew Locke,  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Harry Van der Kamp,  Siebe Henstra,  John Elwes  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Period Instrument Ensemble,  Tölz Boys Choir
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  • 103.
    Schütz: Psalmen Davids / Bernius, Musica Fiata Köln
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 48042 Release Date: 02/09/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz
    Performer:  Mieke Van der Sluis,  David Cordier,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Choir,  Cologne Musica Fiata
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  • 104.
    Bach: Secular Cantatas Bwv 207a & 206 / Frieder Bernius
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 46492 Release Date: 07/02/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Kooy,  Christoph Prégardien,  Michael Chance,  Ruth Ziesak
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir
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